"Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. ~ Novelist Jeanette Winterson

Thursday, November 1, 2018

DareDreamers:A Start-up Of Superheroes -Book Review

This is a book review of DareDreamers:A Start-up Of Superheroes by Kartik Sharma and Ravi 'Nirmal' Sharma.I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset 

Here is the review of the book...

  • Title - DareDreamers:A Start-up Of Super Heroes
  • Author - Kartik Sharma and Ravi 'Nirmal' Sharma
  • Pages - 296
  • Publishers - Rupa Publications India (14 August 2018)
  • Format - Paperback
  • Genre - Fiction / Adventure

India’s first start-up of superheroes with a mission of saving lives is here to kick ass.
Rasiq is riding the highs of life thanks to his successes as an investment banker. But his arrogance soon gets the better of him and he ends up losing everything he holds dear. Managing to salvage only his grit from the wreckage, Rasiq reboots his life and teams up with five uniquely talented superheroes to start a rescue venture- DareDreamers.

These superheroes Nick: a crazy inventor; Halka: an inhumanly strong man; Arjun: a champion shooter; Natasha: a Bollywood stunt-double; Dr. Vyom, a medical Sherlock Holmes; and, of course, Rasiq: the mastermind combine their unique talents to deliver spectacular rescue operations.

 Their skyrocketing success, however, comes at a price an enemy hell bent on tearing down their fame and reputation.Will DareDreamers defeat its wily adversary? Or will it become yet another failed start-up?Treachery, action and adventure come alive to make DareDreamers a page-turner

The main characters are
  • Rasiq -Our hero who comes up with the idea of the Daredreamers startup
  • Natasha - A daredevil and an acclaimed stunt woman in Bollywood
  • Arjun- The Sharpshooter
  • MD Vyom- A medical professional who can make a diagnosis without any elaborate tests!
  • Halka - The freakishly strong guy
  • Sriniketh [a] Nick, the genius who keeps inventing stuffs that turn out brilliantly.
  • And we have the villain Rakeysh and super villain Narad Money
  • Rakeysh's daughter - Achala
  • Rasiq's dad etc

Read my review here and also check out my recommendation..

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar - Book Review

This is a review of the debut book by Kochery C. Shibu titled Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar.

Here is the review of the book...

  • Title - Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar
  • Author - Kochery C. Shibu
  • Pages - 284
  • Publishers - Niyogi Books
  • Format - eBook [Also available in print]
  • Genre - Fiction
  • Price -  63 /- eBook [Paperback-INR 330/]

A hydelpower project in the remote Himalayas. Three people brought together by fate. Nanda, an engineer from Kerala at the dam construction site hiding from his past, from the law, torn between the love of his dear ones and the traditional kalari code of revenge. Khusru, a boy displaced from his native village in Kashmir, a gambit in the terror plot threatening to blow up the dam, working as a laborer at the site. Rekha, a Kathak dancer in heart, a doctor by profession, arrives at the campsite as the consort of Khusru. A village that accepts the dictates of modernity with a heavy heart, its population steeped in superstitions and religious beliefs.

All throng the campsite like moths to a flame, some escape untouched, successful; some, miss a step, and perish. Each has a story to tell and a dream to realize. Men and Dreams in the Dhauladhar is about the aspirations of these people with their cares and worries woven into the site life. The fury of nature and the hardships of project life have no mercy for the weak and no time for the dead. Like an eternal spectator the Dhauladhar watches as men risk life and limb in a quest to fulfill their dreams.
  • Nanda - An engineer from Kerala who is an exponent in Kalari, a martial Art form and works in the commissioning of the Hydel power project.
  • Khusru-A young Kashmiri youth who is abandoned by his parents and lives with his uncle till he is caught under a cross fire. He is then recruited by a 'bearded man' where Khusru follows all his instructions!
  • Rekha - A doctor turned Katak dancer who ,through some twist of fate, joins the Hydel camp site and gets recruited as the Doctor in charge!
  • And a whole bunch of side characters like Indumati,Mangu Ram and his son, Thekdars, Rekha's grandmother, Nandhinikutty,Rajanish,Rafiq,Mukesh, a horde of workers in the khan group, the Lal Mahal team,some Russian / Chechen para gliders,PM,Ghoraji ,Sanjay Rathore- the investigating officer,etc,etc, who have various small parts in this book.
The trio - Nanda, Khusru,Rekha by twists and turns of fate land together at various points of the book at Dhauladhar's Hydel power plant project site.

Read the rest of the review on my other blog. Click here..

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tarikshir: The Awakening - Book Review

Tarikshir: The Awakening is the first novel by author Khayaal Patel.This is being reviewed as a part of the book review program by Writer's Melon.All opinions are mine.
Tarikshir: The Awakening - Book Review

Let us move on to the review....

  • Title - Tarikshir: The Awakening
  • Author - Khayaal Patel
  • Pages -335
  • Publishers - Westland Publications Ltd
  • ISBN - 9789387578500
  • Format - Print [Also available as Ebook]
  • Genre - Fiction
  • Price - INR 399/-

A small princely state in Rajasthan is the last bastion of resistance against the might of the British Empire. While unrest surrounding the sudden death of the king of Devangarh grows, young prince Rudra Pratap Chauhan prepares to ascend the throne.

But the kingdom is in turmoil. The Devangarh army is outnumbered and the British forces are closing in. To make matters worse, Rudra discovers the king’s death may not have been accidental after all. The strange appearance and disappearance of a mysterious hooded stranger and a series of ritualistic murders in which the bodies have been drained of blood, spread panic across the realm.

As Rudra struggles to manage his new responsibilities and investigate his father’s death, he may uncover some secrets that will disrupt life as he knows it.

The list of characters is long but here are some of the important people who keep the story running...
  • Valikesh whom we  encounter in the prologue which forms the important part of the story.
  • Raja Ravindra -The King of Devangarh
  • Bikram Bir Singh- Raja Ravindra's hefty bodygaurd
  • The Rani
  • Prince Rudra
  • Nawab Mir Abdul Ghazi -The vizier in the Raja's court
  • Shamsheer - Raja Ravindra's self exiled brother and the leader of a militant group who lives with his gang in the Red Tiger fortress.
  • Duryadutta - The Royal Physician and legendary warrior.
  • Lord Richard Walken - The diplomat in Her Royal Majesty's service
  • Shen Zhou- Rudra's Chinese Martial arts teacher
  • Nafisa
  • Loads of zombies, an evil witch ,traitors and loyals,Wind Asuras.
  • Last but not the least - Tarikshir  and Tamingila.

The prologue looks like the story has something to do with Mythology! The war between Ram and Ravan has just ended and the monkey warriors are busy enjoying the spoils of the war and Valikesh, one of the money warrior is murdered by an unknown creature while he is looking for riches to take back home.

Then starts the actual story in the court of the Raja Ravindra of Devangarh.The British are taking over each kingdom by force or by making an alliance and Lord Walkin come with his troupe to seek audience with the Raja. When the negotiations fail, he returns back and the Rajput King gets ready to face him in a war.

Things go terribly wrong and there is an ambush! Read the rest of the review on my other blog ...Click here...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Fisher Queen's Dynasty - Book Review

I love Mythology as much I love Mystery and Thrillers and that's the reason I signed up for a review copy on Writer's Melon when Kavita Kane's The Fisher Queen's Dynasty came up for review.

The Fisher Queen's Dynasty - Book Review

At a glance

  • Title - The Fisher Queen's Dynasty
  • Author - Kavita Kane
  • Pages- 325
  • Publishers- Westland Publications Ltd
It's only recently that I got a few of Kavita Kane's novels and I am yet to start those but this one sounded even more tempting to start with.

The blurb itself sounds so intriguing and here it what it has to say...
‘I learnt to love like a man—to love without feelings. And I shall never forget this lesson.’

Matsyagandha, Daseyi, Yojanagandha — the queen of Hastinapur, Satyavati. Abandoned as a baby, preyed on by a rishi, she hardens herself, determined that the next time she is with a man, she will be the one to win. And win she does: the throne of Hastinapur for herself, and the promise that her sons will be heirs to the kingdom. But at what cost?

In a palace where she is disdained and scorned, Satyavati must set aside her own loss and pain if she is to play the game of politics. She learns to be ruthless, unscrupulous — traits that estrange her from everyone around. Everyone, except the man she cheated of his birthright.

A piercing, insightful look at the grand matriarch of the Kuru family, the woman who set off the sequence of events that ended in the bloody battle of Kurukshetra, The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty will re-align your reading of the Mahabharata.

Here is my review of the book....

The story starts with Bhishm lying in a bed of arrows, his memories piercing him more than the arrows below him.He wonders when he will die or when he had died- was it when the throne and title was snatched away from him or the day when he failed to save the honor of women like Amba and Drupadi or was it when his father,two half brothers and nephew Pandu died! He lies there thinking about all that was destroyed or rather all that he destroyed for one woman -Satyavati!

The seeds for the downfall of the great Kuru Dynasty were unknowingly planted by Devavrat and Satyavati. Little did they realize that their seemingly 'small' act would change the fate of the Dynasty in the years to come.

Read the rest of the review on my other blog. Click here ...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Coming Back Home - Book Review

Coming Back Home is the second novel by author - Anuradha Prasad. I got an author signed copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

Coming Back Home - Book Review

At a glance:

Title - Coming Back Home
Author - Anuradha Prasad
Genre- Fiction
ISBN - 987-93-52017-45-4
Price - I got a review copy.
Available in print and ebook format

Overview of the book:

The story revolves around two people and a few others set in Bollywood or rather about the life in Bollywood.
Arpita is the fresh face of Ponds India and has landed in a big role in one of the popular channels. Riku is from a small town and in search of a major break in the film industry. His good look does little in getting him a role though.
The two meet and the fate of Arpita and Riku takes a turn.

Book Review:

The book is divided into 7 chapters, each with a title -Struggle,A new beginning, Afterwards,The big break,The glass ceiling,Regret,Gratitude.

Read the rest of the review on my other blog. Click here..

Monday, April 2, 2018

Age of Azmoq - The Valantian Imperium - Book Review

It has been a while since I read fantasy novels. When I read the blurb , I knew I had to read it!!

Age of Azmoq - The Valantian Imperium - Book Review

At a glance:

Title - Age of Azmoq - The Valantian Imperium
Author - Rajamayyoor Sharma
Genre- Fantasy
ISBN - 9789352917778
Price - I got a review copy.

Overview of the book

Azmoq is the rarest and most coveted metal on the planet. It’s the ultimate source and symbol of real power, and the Valantian Imperium controls it all in Valantia.

Or so they thought…

For the first time in generations, the Valantian Imperium, masters of the Valantian continent have glimpsed the first tremors of fear. There are rumors abound. Rumors of legends. Legends of both ancient Azmoqian weapons and men of godly powers, long thought to be myths.

As these rumors grow, a small group of people, from various walks of life, some commoners, some within the mighty Valantian Imperium itself, by pure coincidence, have set in motion a chain of events. The legends, if true, along with these set of events, might reignite the flames of a revolution.

A revolution the Imperium had long suppressed. A revolution that might alter the balance of power in the continent, and eventually the entire world…

Book Review:

The book has a prologue, 7 chapters and 48 sections , Epilogue,Appendix,About the author page.
The story starts with a prologue where two creatures - the demons of the sea and land -hold two sorts of swords and waiting for something that they don't even know!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tenth Avatar : A Quest for Knowledge - Book Review

In the book selection process I am drawn towards mystery, thrillers and mythology. When this book came up for review I was intrigued by the category that it falls into - Science -Mytho fiction! The Mytho part pulled me into reading this novel.

At a Glance

Book- Tenth Avatar :A Quest for knowledge.
Author - Dr. Kanchan Joshi
Pages- 242
Publisher - The Write Place
ISBN - 978-8-19342-993-8
Price- INR 350/-

The author is a scientist and no wonder that he has used his field of expertise in weaving this story.
The story is written in 17 chapter with each chapter having a title and an adage below it.

The story starts with Hanuman asking his father, General Kesari, to tell him a story of the famous battle that he fought in.Through this story Hanuman learns about the history and beautiful geography of their homeland.

In the next chapter we are introduced to Krishnanujam, one of the rising stars of theoretical physics and mathematics and also the other hero of our story, who is at present in modern day California.
Often Krish, as he is referred to by his friends and colleagues, experiences some out-of-body events that baffles him. He does not know how and why they occur!

Krish is working out a way to explain the happenings / secrets of the Universe through complex mathematical formulas.

The government is after is his research paper on Quantum Communication and so are some other groups who want to get their hands on the research paper and use it for their gain!

His life is in extreme danger and people around him get killed.There are several attempts on his life! Even the FBI agent sent to protect him is killed while on duty.

Intrigued! Want to know what happens next? Hop over to my other blog to read the rest of the review.Click here...

Monday, January 8, 2018

Humble Pie - Book Review

This is the first read of the year. I got this a couple of month's back and decided to start the year with an autobiography of a person who has intrigued me!

Gordon Ramsay is not a new name to anyone, thanks to his personality on TV shows! Going by his looks on the cover of this book and having seen him on TV made me wonder what he was really like! And that is one reason I picked up this book.

As seen on the cover, this is an autobiography of the world's best and world's worst chef!

The book is divided into several chapters and each chapter talks about a certain phase of his life but not confined to it.

I took almost a week to finish this as I very little time for reading.

The book talks about his parents and how his father was very abusive,childhood, his love for football and how that career ended, his struggle to gain a footing in the culinary world, working with the best in the field, his rivals, opening the various chains of restaurants and fine dining, his family etc.

My thoughts on the book:

  • It is an honest account of his life, which is something that an autobiography really needs. He does not mince words or facts. Through his words we can see how much of abuse he and his family have tolerated and yet in the end he goes to see him in his final days,which I feel, shows his respect  for his father. With the same honesty he admits when he has been off the line or created problems or made mistakes!
  •  From what I read, I can see that his rude attitude is from his experiences right from childhood - abusive father, poverty, working ungodly  hours under prominent chefs and the stress that comes with it, struggle with money and career.. Well all this does affect ones personality.
  • We get to know a lot of things that happen behind the scene in a restaurant. The real scenes in the kitchen, the life of a budding chef, the struggle and stuff.
  • The language is really very simple 
  • He uses a lot of expletives - the F- word once too often!!
  • The chapters in this book are not written in chronological order but experiences and events in various stages of his lifetime.
  • In all, you can see how much he worked and struggled to reach his goal of becoming the best in the business.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Queen of the Comeback : Book Review

The Queen of the Comeback by Nidhika Bahl : Book Review

I haven't read that many self help books and I haven't  written reviews of those either.When the publisher team contacted me for review, I thought it might be a good place to start reviewing self help books.

The Queen of comeback is a book by Nidhika Bahl with a forward by Gerry Robert. The cover has the tag lines - 7 ways for anyone to bounce back from life's obstacles. Win at everything from Careers and wealth to relationships and spirituality [And all else in between].

I received a signed copy of the book.It took a little time to start this one as I had a couple of books that came in earlier to be reviewed.

The book has 7 chapters and 7 survivor tales, lot of quotes and diagrams!

Read the review of this book on my other blog.Click here...