Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Review: I Quit! Now What? by Zarreen Khan

Introduction
  • ISBN: 978-93-8150-6974
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Publishers: Amaryllis
  • Price: Rs. 350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)

Nimisha is exhausted. Of endless weekdays, working weekends, making presentations, working with complicated Excel sheets, handling a boss with time-management issues and the general politics of the workplace. Sigh! After eight years of this life, her only personal insight is that she's terribly unambitious and constantly struggling to be an average performer in the competitive corporate world.

When a colleague flashes the glint of a golden sabbatical she catapults into it headfirst. After all, one has to find one's calling at some point in one's life.

So will the sabbatical miraculously change her life forever? Or will she go rushing back to her pocket money-generating job?

Behind the Book

Source: Goodreads.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Review: Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch by Anuja Chandramouli

Introduction
  • ISBN: 9780143428503
  • Genre: Fiction / Mythology
  • Publishers: Penguin Random House
  • Price: Rs. 299/-  ( I got the book for review from the author)
As Yama's Lieutenant, Agni Prakash, has diligently been tracking down demons and spirits that threaten peace on earth and dispatching them to his lord's thousand hells. Danger is a constant in his job, but this time an apocalypse threatens his entire world. Agni must go up against a terrifying sorceress-adept in the ancient art of stone magic-and her bestial army of demoniacal creatures who used to be humans before they were transformed into willing killing machines. The witch has a nightmarish vision for a new world that involves large scale culling of the humans-and it falls to Agni to stop her.

He must find the Samayakalas, the mysterious keepers of time and reset the clock before all life is destroyed. However, any contact with the Samayakalas is forbidden to mortal and immortal alike and those who flout the ancient decree risk incurring punishment far worse than death. The price asked of him is an impossible one, but Yama's Lieutenant does not have a choice. Enlisting the help of old friends, he must submit to being borne across an ocean of death and destruction to find the Samayakalas before darkness engulfs them all.  


Behind the Book

Source Goodreads.com

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Book Review: White Noise by Shruti Upadhaya

Introduction
  • ISBN: 978-9380925615
  • Genre: Fiction / Thriller
  • Publishers: Bee Books
  • Price: Rs. 150/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
“There is another city right under our city and it comes up only when you and I are together. Only you and I know about it and only you and I get to experience it. It keeps itself hidden from the rest of the world. And that is where I live.” He said

“And what happens when you’re not with me?” She asked.

“I evaporate.” He smiled.


"Laced with the unimaginable and yet the possible, White Noise makes for a compelling read." - SUHEL SETH

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.in

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Book Review: The Double-X Factor - 99 Stories of Incredible Women from India by Pratap Nair

Introduction
  • ISBN: 9788184959932
  • Genre: Non-fiction / Inspirational
  • Publishers: Jaico Publishing House
  • Price: Rs. 350/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
99 stories of incredible women from India.

Featuring Zia Mody, Chanda Kochhar, Mary Kom, Neerja Bhanot, Anita Dongre and others

99 daughters of India who dared to be different

From Rani Lakshmibai and Indira Gandhi to Chanda Kocchar and Mary Kom, The Double-X Factor explores the lives and times of 99 exceptional achievers who challenged the gender barrier and rose to fame.

Indian history is replete with instances of women’s valour, fortitude, courage, self-sacrifice and leadership in times of crisis. Some of them have turned into folklore and many of them have been immortalized in movies. Most of all, these women have left a great and indelible impact on several generations. Be it politics, arts, entertainment, sports or business, they carved a niche in every sphere that was once considered a male domain. Today, they have become role models to a nation of 1.34 billion, of which almost half is female.

Behind the Book


Source: Amazon.in

Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review: Mauj-e-Saraab (Waves of Illusion) by Minu Bakshi

Introduction
  • ISBN: 978-8129145604
  • Genre: Poetry / Urdu
  • Publishers: Rupa Publishing
  • Price: Rs. 299/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
Poetry is not merely a play of words but a serious spiritual exercise whose very being is pledged to the comprehension of the self and the universe. Good poetry is not possible in the absence of the flame of love because it is this light that tears apart the mist of obscurity surrounding the secrets of the universe. Shorn of the mist, the details become vibrant and the poet becomes aware of the enigma of reality.

Tishnagi: The Thirst, Minu’s first book, garnered her unstinting praise from connoisseurs of Urdu poetry and hardened critics as well.Mauj-e-Saraab (Waves of Illusion), her second book of Urdu ghazals, is a manifestation of the various hues of the pageant of love and passion. It is the figurative expression of the tableaux of worldly spectacles that according to her is nothing but waves of illusion, while the reality is far beyond the purview of the physical eye. Mauj-e-Saraab includes transliterations in Urdu, Hindi and English with translation of the ghazals in English by Nyla Daud.

Minu Bakshi’s poetry from Tishnagi to Mauj-e-Saraab is a saga of love. It is the expression of her journey, from the body to the soul. Hence, it displays the hues of material love and passion along with true lofty love. Thus, she should neither be taken merely as a painter of human relationships, nor simply as an illustrator of spiritualistic values. Instead she should be taken as a translator of both notions.

Behind the Book


Source: Amazon.in

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

Introduction
  • ISBN: 9789386228314
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery
  • Publishers: Juggernaut
  • Price: Rs. 499/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
"Kumar evokes [Mumbai] with lyrical prose." -- Publishers Weekly

Included in Publishers Weekly's Crime Fiction feature on police corruption and brutality.

"A melancholy cop's obsessions are just the tip of the iceberg as he leads a two-fisted team determined to clean up Mumbai's mean streets...Kumar's style, blunt but often by turns poetic and droll, is arresting...As unusual as it is compelling, this entry lays the groundwork for an entertaining series." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[A] gripping thriller...Kumar has created some thoroughly intriguing characters...but the most fascinating of Kumar’s characters is Mumbai itself--enormous, crowded, hyperactive, roiling, stunningly rich and grindingly poor, and teeming with almost unfathomable energy. International-crime fans should flock to this one." -- Booklist

"The Third Squad enveloped me in Mumbai, in its strangeness even to people who call it home. Each of the many odd but totally real characters who populate this book shines a light on the city and on one another. It's a page-turner, but as I got closer to the end I slowed down because I didn't want to have to leave this world." --S.J. Rozan, author (as Sam Cabot) of Skin of the Wolf

"Against a backdrop of debilitating poverty, ancient religion, staggering wealth, and corruption, Mumbai comes alive in The Third Squad as the perfect storm for twenty-first-century noir. Driving this absolutely compelling tale is Karan, a police sharpshooter who is essentially a trained assassin. Initially distanced from his own actions by both Asperger's syndrome and Old World devotion to authority, he's ultimately forced to reconcile personal morality with obedience in a grim new age of blind opportunism." --Tim McLoughlin, author of Heart of the Old Country

The Third Squad is an arresting, ripped-from-the-headlines noir novel that deftly explores how in recent decades, to ostensibly combat the rising tide of criminality in Mumbai's underworld, the Indian Police Service has carried out many hundreds of extrajudicial assassinations of suspected criminals. Karan, an expert sharpshooter in an elite branch of the Indian police dispensed with dishing out this peculiar blend of vigilante justice, has a difficult choice to make: should he continue to blindly follow orders from his superiors, regardless of their moral standing, or should he take matters into his own hands and do what he believes to be right?

Belonging to a hit squad whose members all fall somewhere along the autism spectrum, Karan, who has been diagnosed with mild Asperger's syndrome, is notorious for his ruthless precision and efficiency in carrying out these assassinations, yet he remains aloof and distant. Gradually, his impenetrable façade begins to crack, and Karan's emotional and psychological depth reveals itself as he is forced to make decisions where the stakes are literally life-and-death. Also at play is the looming specter of the city of Mumbai itself, seemingly at the cusp of a neoliberal era of enlightenment and progress, yet still trapped under the ineluctable burden of old Bombay history, which can never quite be forgotten or suppressed.

Dark and gritty, raw and fast-paced, and never sentimental, The Third Squad distills the best aspects of classic American noir writing into a uniquely Indian context, revealing V. Sanjay Kumar as a singular talent on the crime fiction circuit.

Behind the Book


Source: Goodreads.com

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Book Review: Operation Jinnah by Shiv Aroor

Introduction
  • ISBN: 9789386228260
  • Genre: Thriller / Espionage 
  • Publishers: Juggernaut 
  • Price: Rs. 299/-  ( I got the book for review from the publisher)
A girl is kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists in Pahalgam, Kashmir. But this is no ordinary girl And her kidnapper is no ordinary man.In Delhi, Admiral Nirbhay Rana, India’s most strong-willed naval officer, watches as the consequences of a lethal operation from his past crash into the present, holding both his daughter and his country hostage. In New York, as the Indian prime minister plays a delicate game of politics with Pakistan’s prime minister and the US president, Admiral Rana must assemble the only team he trusts to get his daughter back – the very same group of commandos he had led into the heart of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir years ago. Will they make it back alive this time?

Behind the Book
Source: Amazon.com