Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Great war on Prithvi My Review


It is about a 16-year-old caught in a parallel world of Mahabharat style astras that are virtual super nukes. He meets a mysterious Astra Master and timeless yogi called Guru, who throws up more questions than answers. The beautiful and demented Shakti is an assassin out to get Vishnu over a prophecy. Then there’s Duryodhan, a megalomaniac king ready to destroy Prithvi. Vishnu soon finds himself sucked into the Great War whose fate somehow lies in his hands.

My Review:

The synopsis sounded very interesting and I have read very few sci fi thrillers and I am not a big fan of this genre. I started reading this hoping it would justify my decision to step out of my comfort genre and attempt something new.

One of the best sci-fi thrillers read, the story kept me on the edge all the time. It has the power to keep you engaged and curious till the end.

Vishnu is a smart intelligent boy, who has the ability to be the best in whatever he wishes to; becomes a loner because he is confused and gets bored of things easily.

Beautifully written, against the back drop of Mahabharata. I liked the way the author drew parallels from two different times like past and present for developing Vishnu’s character. His character is complex yet relatable. New but old. The story deals with his tryst with his past which he has to deal with when he goes back in time.

The Prithvi is written about very beautifully. Sounds really like a parallel existing world. The story sounded similar to Krishna’s birth story with the killing of kins etc. I would love to read more about the female character Shakti. I felt the character was half baked. A little more detailing to her character would have helped. I liked the in-depth explanation about astras like how they are created, how power is infused by prayers and meditation.

Written intelligently, the story moves at a great pace. I would recommend this book for anyone who loves to read thrillers. Do pick up and read and I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Mumbai Diaries

First two days Rain God troubled a lot. Torrential rains hit the city and were very unforgiving. Life almost came to a halt. But then we had library very close to home so I picked up Marathi books which had a huge backlog thanks to absence from the city for more than 2 years (too many books had released :D )  The likes of Vijaya Vaad, Suresh Vaidya, Mangala Godbole, B L Mahabal to name a few authors I read.

Going out in rains and eating Pani Puri and hot hot Vada Pav is a total bliss. You have to experience it to realize the fun. Dombivli hasn’t changed much I realized same shops, same shop keepers, almost mechanical. Somewhere I felt good to be back in old things but somewhere it felt saturated also. But again would say there’s no city like Mumbai.

One of the best libraries close by is Friends Library. Nestled in a small lane opposite Tilak Nagar School this one boasts of a very large collection of books. I have been a member since ages now. The book collection is just very huge and there’s something for everyone. These days even they have started delivering books home. J

So people in and around Mumbai can make use of this wonderful facility. I am yet to see such a huge collection here in Bangalore. A treat for book readers.

You can get the details here

Thursday, October 05, 2017

A trip to Mumbai

It’s been 3 years I visited and this time when I went I had made a list. List of friends/ relatives I wanted to meet for sure. Places I wanted to go, temples and eateries. There are so many memories attached to that place that it’s always difficult for me to say bye and come back.

There’s some magic about hometown. So many things to do, so many moments to relive. The best thing about Mumbai is that no matter how long you stay away from the city, this one always welcomes you. You become a part of the crowd. The city hasn’t changed much and I felt like I have just started from where I left. J

Going to write about the Mumbai trip in parts; reliving them, savoring them like a piece of my favorite chocolate. Hope you all enjoy reading the same too. Was lucky to have met my favorite Sir, but sad have not be able to go to school and college L 

Read a lot of Marathi Books, which I seldom get to, read here. Had lots of Chats and the very famous and all time favorite food Vada Pav.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Tips to self

There’s a list of instructions I wish to give myself:

1. To be patient. There’s no need to be always on the go with answers.

2. Sometimes not reacting or reacting after sometimes also helps.

3. Sometimes life throws an option to be only strong.

4. Keep smiling; anyways being negative also is not going to change the

5. Read lots of books. They are your best friends and they don’t disappoint you.

6. Don’t EXPECT. Or be ready disappointed.

7. Make a list every day. Try to get all done as decided.

8. Write, be regular with your blogs and read others too to get a hang of what’s going around you.

9. Stop being paranoid.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Take on Sita by Amish

She is the warrior we need. The Goddess we await.
She will defend Dharma. She will protect us.

India, 3400 BCE.

India is beset with divisions, resentment and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful, sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu. 

Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search.

An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong. 

For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.

Continue the epic journey with Amish’s latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an adopted child, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess. 

This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.

My Take:

Sita is a skilled warrior and chosen avatar of Vishnu. Now this is something I haven’t heard or read anywhere. Rather Sita was never portrayed as fighting or warrior women. The author has portrayed Sita as completely different from whatever we have read or heard about her. In that sense I would say groundbreaking. I loved the way she is showcased as the chosen Vishnu avatar. Something no one has ever attempted or I guess even imagined.

Ram is five years younger than Sita. Now this is something I haven’t heard or read anywhere. There births, relations with their parents, the way society looked at them etc are differently showcased here. Even in the marriage sequence they have only said Ram and Lakshman got married to Sita and Urmila. Theres no mention of  Also I liked the way the relation between mother Sunaina and Sita is been explained. The feminism touch here with strong female characters is commendable.

The writer has introduced a female protagonist with zero emphasis on her conventional ‘beauty’. Yes, this has happened. Also Sita here is portrayed as the decision maker and strong compared to Rama. Different but I guess not many would appreciate seeing Rama portrayed as weak.

Hanuman seduced and called Hans is not something I could even digest. Now it sounds like modern Ramayana with cool names.

The book is good in terms of fresh perspective and the highlight being Sita, but I feel the other characters for example: Urmila could have been developed better. Also Janak here is portrayed as a weak king. Knowledgeable, yet weak.

Shiva trilogy was a big hit because not many knew about the life of Shiva. We all related to the character from the authors point of view. So a story there was lapped by the audience. This one being cult, and this version being the authors perspective maybe not everyone loved. But i appreciate the point of view and found this version a very interesting and debatable.

Keep up the good work and looking forward for Ravana.

About the author:

Described as 'India's first literary popstar' by world-renowned film director Shekhar Kapur, Amish's unique combination of crackling story-telling, religious symbolism and profound philosophies have made him an overnight publishing phenomenon, with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra hailing Amish's books as 'archetypal and stirring'.

Amish's books include the Shiva Trilogy (The Immortals of Meluha (2010); The Secret of the Nagas (2011); The Oath of the Vayuputras (2013)) and the Ram Chandra Series (Scion of Ikshvaku (2015)). His books have sold over 3.5 million copies with gross retail sales of over Rupees 100 crores. The Shiva Trilogy is the fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history. Scion of Ikshvaku was the highest selling book of 2015. His books have been translated into 19 Indian and International languages. 

Amish won various awards, including the Raymond Crossword Book Award 2015 for ‘Scion Of Ikshvaku’.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

In the name of God- Ravi Subramanian My review


The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs and rituals, unimaginable wealth and an unwavering calm. Until a dead body turns up in its holy pond. And then another. The murders threaten to shake the temple’s very foundation, and when fingers point to its sealed vaults and its custodian, Aswathi Thirunal Dharmaraja Varma, the titular king of Travancore, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, a high-profile heist in a jewelry store at the Wafi Mall in Dubai leads investigators to a massive smuggling racket and brings Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, into the heart of south India. In Mumbai, a series of high-intensity explosions kills many, threatening to dismantle the country’s most coveted diamond trade. Could these incidents be related? Racing against time, Kabir tries to unravel the puzzle, separating fact from fiction, history from religion, and put a stop to the killing spree. Slick, riveting and fast-paced, In the Name of God is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

My Take:

The synopsis had me intrigued.  The moment I read it I was sure I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this. I started reading in morning and finished in 4 hours. That was the power of the story. You cannot just put it down once you start reading. The story moves at a gripping pace, with detailed development of characters some even bordering shades of grey.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Danielle Steel: The Mistress: My Review


Natasha Leonova’s beauty saved her life. Discovered starving on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas’s spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha’s job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place, and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected, and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir’s ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.

Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo’s widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband’s paintings, and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca’s artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.

The Great war on Prithvi My Review

Synopsis:         It is about a 16-year-old caught in a parallel world of Mahabharat style astras that are virtual super nukes. He m...