Tuesday, 22 May 2018

#BookReview: Murder In Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav







Title: Murder in Paharganj
Author : Kulpreet Yadav 
Published on: 10th October 2017
Published by: Bloomsbury India 
Binding: Paperback 
ISBN:978-9386826619


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On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi.
Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped off by the hotel’s receptionist and is the first to arrive at the crime scene, where he discovers a lead. It’s the bus ticket used by the dead woman two days earlier. But Vicks is battling personal trouble. He has no money, an alcohol problem, and a nearly broken relationship with Tonya, his estranged live-in partner, a clinical psychologist who specializes in profiling hardened criminals.
Moving in and out of the shadows, Vicks pushes his investigation harder as it takes him from Udaipur to Bangkok. On his side, for resources, he has a nameless intelligence operative, and to read minds, a lover who is beginning to trust him again. But above all, his instinct to stay inches ahead of death will be the key to his survival.
If Vicks lives, this is one story that will change his life forever.



COVER PAGE

The cover page of Murder in Paharganj is very attractive. It is in green and black colours having an image of man which is black and just half face of a girl behind. The cover page is really nice and I liked it a lot. 




REVIEW

I really like to read crime thrillers because they make me stick to my reading corner and Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav is one such book. It is a fast paced crime thriller about murder of Sherry Bing, who was found in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi and Vicks Menon, a journalist arrives first at the crime scene. It is such a gripping crime thriller that I wasn't able to put it down. This is a very action packed thriller .

The novel is written in a simple language in a very fluent manner, having small chapters and the events are described very well in a detailed manner, with a very fast and pacy narration.It kept me hooked till the end. The plot is very intriguing and full of suspense and is very well planned that in the every dot comes in place. It is very tight and at various points at kept guessing a lot. It is full of twists and turns making it a page turner. It was a rollercoaster ride for me with so many twists and turns and I enjoyed this ride a lot. At various instances I was able to visualise the events which made it all the more interesting.

The characterization of the book is very powerful. All the characters are very well developed especially Vicks Menon and I really enjoyed reading about him, the way he was connecting dots to investigate to his emotional turmoil and the way the author has penned down his internal conflicts is  amazing. Apart from him other characters were Jamie, Tonya, ACP Rao etc. The book is set in India as well as in abroad. 

Overall, a very interesting and an engaging read filled with twists, having a strong plot and has elements of love, drama, crime and suspense. I enjoyed reading it a lot. It kept me at the edge and is a page turner. I would highly recommend this book to all the crime thriller lovers. Now, I can't wait to read another book by the author.


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Buy the book here : https://www.amazon.in/Murder-Paharganj-Kulpreet-Yadav/dp/9386826615





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



One of the leading fiction writers in India, Kulpreet Yadav retired voluntarily from the armed forces to pursue a career in writing in 2014. Also a motivational speaker now, he has spoken at more than two hundred schools, colleges, and global corporate brands during the last four years. Popular for his Andy Karan series, his new spy novel, Murder in Paharganj, was published by Bloomsbury India in Oct 2017. Kulpreet lives in Delhi with his wife and two daughters.




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Sunday, 29 April 2018

BookReview:Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli



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Title: Kartikeya
Author:Anuja Chandramouli
Published by: Rupa publications
Published on: 30.11.17
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-8129149114






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Unravel the puzzle that is the mysterious and misunderstood son of Mahadeva—KARTIKEYA. Kartikeya was born from the flames of a desperate need, an ardent desire and an utmost devastation. In him was distilled the terrible powers of Mahadev, at its fiercest and most deadly. Although he fought many wars and slew many tyrants, yet his gifts to humanity have always been those of mercy, compassion and love. What makes this possible? 

For Kartikeya, there have always been more questions than answers. Did he really walk away from his family over a piece of fruit? What about the women in his life—was he the ravisher he is at times accused of being, or the protector of women? Was he the violent warrior who revelled in bloodlust, or a gentle family man? What was his relationship with his more popular sibling, Ganesha? 
Anuja Chandramouli weaves together myth, imagination and folklore while looking to answer these questions and recreates for modern readers the story of one of the most enigmatic gods—Kartikeya.




COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very beautiful and attractive. It has a very beautiful image of Lord Kartikeya. The background colour is blue and the cover page is very colourful. It is very eye catchy and I really liked it a lot.




REVIEW

Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli is a very beatiful and an interesting tale which revolves around the life of the God Kartikeya, about his birth and various other things. I read about him only in Amar Chitra Katha that too not in so much depth but this book by Anuja Chandramouli is a masterpiece which reveals a lot of information about him.

The book is written in a beautiful manner in a simple and easy language which is very powerful and lyrical. This is the third book which I read of the author and I love her writing style a lot. The book is so well researched making it a very powerfulread.The plot of the book is very tightly bound and I feltas if Iwasn't reading a book rather watching it.

The characters of the story are very well developed and discussed in detail. Ireally liked the character of Paravati a lot. All the conversations between the characters are very well focused. The events i the book are very well described and in written in a detailed manner which made me visualise a lot.The battle scenes are especially described in a vivid manner. The emotions are also expressed in a marvelous manner and a reader can easily empathise. It was a really interesting for me to read about the Gods and the Asuras.

Overall,  a very powerful, an insightful and an interesting read. I enjoyed reading it a lot. I would highly recommend this to all the mythology lovers.


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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Kartikeya-Destroyers-Son-Anuja-Chandramouli/dp/8129149117






ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anuja Chandramouli



Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. 
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching. 
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. 
Email: anujamouli@gmail.com
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/authoranujac





* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of a review.








Sunday, 15 April 2018

#BookReview: Prithviraj Chauhan The Emperor of Hearts by Anuja Chandramouli



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Title: Prithviraj Chauhan
Author: Anuja Chandramouli
Published by: Penguin Random House
Published on: November 2017
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
ISBN: 9780143441199




"The worst deeds usually have the best justifications and it has seldom amounted to much in terms of exonerating one for unforgivable crimes."




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Prithviraj Chauhan was destiny's chosen one, singled out for glory and greatness. During the course of an extraordinary life, he transcended the limits imposed on mortals and achieved Godlike luster. The conquering hero dreamed of a united land where peace prevailed over war and love over hate.
Princess Samyukta loved him from afar, and when Prithviraj Chauhan claimed her for his own, defying the wrath of an implacable foe, their happiness was complete. Victorious in love and war, Prithviraj Chauhan was soon to discover that success came with a terrible price - trials, treachery and tragedy. 




COVER PAGE

The cover page of the book is very attractive. It is in yellow, orange and blue colours having an image of Prithviraj Chauhan and Princess Samyukta on a horse. The cover page is very apt to the story. I loved the cover page a lot.





REVIEW

Prithviraj Chauhan The Emperor of Hearts by Anuja Chandramouli is an intriguing mythical fiction revolving around the famous Indian Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. The book takes the reader on a bumpy ride from Priviraj Chauhan's childhood to adulthood and how he became the emperor. I've read about him only in my history textbooks that too not in much detail and watched a few TV shows but this book made me explore his whole life. 

Prithviraj Chauhan is written in a simple language which is very attention grabbing. The author's command over the language is marvelous and I loved her writing style. It is so well written that I was able to visualize a lot of events making my read very enjoyable. The plot line is very engaging and is binded very well which focuses not only on his love life rather various aspects of his life such as war, politics, family etc. The book is very well researched and is very engrossing talking about even the minute details of the era.

There are a lot of happenings which take place in the story and all the events are very well described in a detailed manner. A lot of characters are there which are important in the life of Prithviraj Chauhan. I really liked the character of Samyukta and Uncle Kanha and the author has shown both the sides of the characters the positive as well as the negative. The book is set  in various regions. The book is quite thick and cannot be finished in one sitting.

Overall, a very interesting and an enjoyable read. I took time to read it but I cherished it a lot. I would highly recommend this book to all the historical fiction lovers.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anuja Chandramouli


Anuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan. 
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching. 
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga. 
Email: anujamouli@gmail.com
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/authoranujac








* I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of a review.


Thursday, 29 March 2018

#BookReview: From Quetta To Delhi: A Partition Story by Reena Nanda



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Title: From Quetta To Delhi
Author: Reena Nanda
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Published On: 10th March 2018
Binding:Paperback
Pages: 168
ISBN:9789386643445




Ek palak me sabkuch fana ho gaya
Is khoobsurat zindagi ka ek hissa tabah ho gaya
Nayi zindagi kahan laijayegi?
Kahan hoga hamara basera?
Kya gul dikhayegi yeh zindagi?



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The lilting rhythms of Punjabi folk songs, the Siapewalli, and Naani wailing about her bad kismet caused by the chudail and dain. Partition changed the old traditions of Punjabiyat but in the pages of this book they come alive ... 
The invisible cost of the Partition of the Punjab in 1947 - besides the violence, loss of life and property - was that it destroyed the psychic equilibrium of the displaced population. This is the story of one such woman, Shakunt, who rebuilt her life but could never get over the trauma of losing her homes in Quetta and Jhang - not just the loss of a physical space but of the language, culture and ethos that it had embodied. A syncretic culture of multilingualism - Urdu, Persian and Punjabi - and of multiple identities of caste, mohalla and religion.
But then there was the disaster of the Quetta Earthquake of l935, and of Partition, which tore the family apart because her father chose to remain in Quetta as a member of the Pakistan Civil Service.
Shakunt coped with her mental distress by escaping into the past, reliving the memories of her life in Quetta and Jhang. Hers was a feminine recall of the perhaps insignificant yet poignant details of daily lives which hinged on the drama of the trivial - on food, rituals and neighbourhood bonding. Of an agnostic father, a mother who was a devotee of Guru Nanak, of pilgrimages to Sufi shrines. This is Shakunt's story as recorded by her daughter.

COVER PAGE 

The cover page of the book is very beautiful having images of the Balochistan's desert and Delhi's Jama Masjid to show the Partition of India and Pakistan. It is in yellow mustard colour and the title and author name written with black ink in bold letters. It is a very attractive cover page and I liked it a lot.

REVIEW

From Quetta To Delhi: A Partition story by Reena Nanda is an engaging book about her family during the time of India Pakistan Partition. This book is one of the best books I have read and it will always remain in the list of my favourites. I read this partition story with my grandparents, so I discussed a lot with them and a lot of their stories came up.

The book is written in a simple language and in a fluent manner revolving around Reena Nanda's family and a special focus is on her mother, Shakunt. She has talked about life before partition when there was no Pakistan and what happened after partition. The author has written the book beautifully and has talked about not just the violence and the loss of life and property but she went beyond that,the trauma that people faced just because of it.

The author took me back to that time that I was able to visualize the events very well and she has written each and every event in a detailed manner. The book is very gripping and moves at its own pace. I read the book quite slowly because I got so involved that I reread few pages and it was really hard for me to put it down. I really loved how the author has talked about the various Punjabi traditions, Punjabi language, trust of Punjabis on Guru Nanak Devji and especially,  the friendship between the Hindus and Muslims that a Pathan stood up for his Punjabi Hindu friend to save him.A very interesting fact about the book is that author has put various couplets of Punjabi songs and poems and I loved them.

The book is emotional and I cried at some points also, but those emotions are so well written and heart-touching, the punjabi language that her Maanji used when she wailed for Quetta was very disheartening. The author clearly talked about the political conditions at that time also which made me think a lot whether the partition was a right decision or not. I was very well able to relate with her family because my grandparents kept on telling me  about their own experiences.

 Overall, I really cherished this book a lot filled with so many emotions. It is a very fine book and I highly recommend this book to everyone if you really want to read a Partition story.


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Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.in/Quetta-Delhi-Partition-Story/dp/9386643820




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Reena Nanda was one of the founding members of the Conservation Society Delhi and conducted heritage walks in Mehrauli, Nizamuddin and Red Fort in the 1980s and 90s about which she subsequently wrote in several issues of Indian Express. Her interest in art and architecture led her to travel all over India visinting various archaelogicalsites. Her other passion is Indian ClassicalMusic. Her first bookwas a biography of Kamaladevi Chattopadhya published by Oxford University Press.





* I received a copy of the book from the publisher (Bloomsbury India) in exchange of a review. Thank You.