Saturday, 30 September 2017

Book Review: Hell! No saints in Paradise by A. K. Asif



*Publisher: Harper Collins India *ISBN: 978-93-5277-055-7 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 347 *Price: 599 Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

A good satire by the author, if Pakistan doesn’t change, same situation will arise what author has imagined in this book. Though I was bit confused when I started this novel whether to read it further or return it as I am totally blank about the rituals and the laws of Quran. Although I continued and enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of Ismael the protagonist of this book.

Now the writing style of author is simple and easy without difficult jargons except the teaching of Islam, he has a technique to build suspense, fantasy and comic altogether. This book is a good example of what will be the situation of earth if Nuclear power goes in the hands of extremist. One thing is sure what I came to conclusion that how this Islamic extremist (Mullah’s) brain washed their followers by giving false promise of virgin girls in heaven if they are martyred in name of Allah.  

I would like to share some of fantasy described in the book like Ayahuasca: a scared vine of Amazon jungle, Mut’ah: temporary marriage allowed in Islam, Bangh laced paped i.e. Crunchy tortillas, Martyr tanks like CNG, Hoor afza: a liquid whose affects like cocaine, a torture of Munkar and Nakir, journey of Hell and heaven, a place called ditch whose unusual queen Xenobia etc.   

What I liked in the book is hi-tech imagination of N-power in mosque, the funny image of diffused martyred jacked worn by a child in street (diffused because of rain), heaven and the dump zone.

And what I thought that this book should have been completed within 300 pages, somewhat stretched beyond limit, also too much of sex is minus point of this book, where protagonist having sex with 70 women is somewhat indigestible in this novel.

I don’t want to reveal the entire plot but through the blurb one can easily guess the basic of the book. Overall, I would like to recommend this book to those who loves to read fantasy and satire. Nice work by the author.

**I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**
Blurb:

2050, New York. In the aftermath of a grueling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani – American student, enters into an alliance with otherworldly beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission?

Hell! No saints in paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Book Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

Book Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

*Publisher: Harper Collins *ISBN: 978-93-5264-416-2 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 294 *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

This book is Un-put-down-able, excellent thriller I have read this month, I really loved this novel, especially the court scene, the writing style of author is too good that it sims you are right there at courtroom watching the entire scene. After reading this book I must say that I became fan of Vish Dhamija’s writing (would like to read his other novels) and also comment that he is Indian John Grisham.

A well researched novel on how court works are done, their procedure and what system is being followed in India is very well described by the author. The author has perfectly portrayed the dark side of upper class and the behavior of their children. 

The writing style of author is good; language is easy to understand no difficult jargons being used. The author has a technique to build suspense, and also the plot is excellent with equal importance to each and every character. From the beginning you will know who the rapist is but the murder mystery and the court drama with good dialogues makes the novel “page turner”.

As usual I don’t want to reveal the plot, but the blurb is enough to read this novel. I highly recommend this wonderful novel to those who loves to read thriller, courtroom drama and suspense.

One line which is very true in today’s world from this book “Even if you had the best possible evidence in the bag, a million other last minute things could take the case away from you in a moment”. Page no 99.

**I received a copy from writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

Blurb:

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated by her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho


Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho
*Publisher: Penguin Random House India *ISBN: 978-06-70089-53-6 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 186 *Rating: 4.5/5

My View:

I picked this book because of the title and the author, also name Mata Hari is somewhat connected with India, here in India Mata means mother so to know why Margaretha Zelle choose this name? 

Now about this book, I am happy to read this book where I came to know how a lady born at wrong time, wrong place survived within high society as a legendary dancer. As the first chapter itself portrayed in such a way by the international best selling author Paulo Coelho that it is difficult to put down this book. The spy has everything in it sadness, loneliness, betrayal, passion, freedom, dance, beauty, fashion, independence, crime etc. I liked the novel but I think the author has missed many parts of her life, there should be more information on her life, and how she got rich, what was her dilemma when she shifted to Paris.

I recommend this wonderful book to those who loves to read on spy, history and world war. After reading this book I want to know more about Mata Hari.

Negative: Depthness on Mata Hari’s character and other facets on her life are missing. 

Blurb:

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

*Publisher: Juggernaut Books *ISBN: 9789386228314 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 268 *Price: 499 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

I really like to read crime novels, especially when there are police as a protagonist. I picked this book because the lead character is having mild Asperger’s syndrome, I have watched the movie My name is khan based on asperger’s syndrome but never read any book on it.

I think author has done a good research on Asperger’s syndrome character and then build this novel, the author having a good grip on his writing and character buildup is perfect. To be frank I really appreciated the work done by the author, its entire plot and the way he build the suspense and revealing their after is excellent.

The book is tagged as noir novel on the net, which is new for me so I picked and started reading it and then came to know that, here Karan the protagonist himself is the victim of the situation.

Now about this book, it’s a story about Karan who is encounter specialist, works under Ranvir Pratap, they all work under the tag name The Third Squad in Mumbai also Karan is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. The story revolves between Karan, Ranvir Pratap and Nandini (Karan’s wife), the story says how asperger’s patient think, how do they react, what are their features etc. Actually I never reveal the plot of any novel, but if you have read this blurb, it will urge you to complete this wonderful novel. 

What I loved in the book: Nandini’s character, very mature and interesting also the scenic description of Bombay is awesome.

I highly recommend this novel to crime, mystery, suspense lovers and to those who wants to read on human psychology.

**I received a copy from Juggernaut Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

Blurb:

Karan is an expert sharpshooter who never misses his mark. He belongs to a police hit squad formed to only commit encounter killings. All members of his squad 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. But gradually even his impenetrable fa├žade begins to crack. He 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?

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Book Review: Middle class to Money class by Sairam and Srividhya


Book Review: Middle class to Money class by Sairam and Srividhya

*Publisher: Notionpress *ISBN: 978-1-946869-06-7 *Genre: Non-fiction (Finance) *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 93 *Price: 199 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

I am connected to share market for long time, but never read any book like this Middle class to Money class (to be precise I have read books on financial market), it’s first one where many eye opening stories are mentioned, if any investor follow this simple rule mentioned in the book then he/she can be rich and wealthy, and also I am happy that I have read this book.

You have come across many such people who argue on share market and blame it, why they blame; because they buy any share on someone’s recommendation and make loss without knowing anything about company and his fundamental. So if you explain to that person about company and what work they are doing then they say I don’t know such things, so this book is for those who want to know basic of about share market. Here in this book both author has explained financial market in very simple way, where many factors being covered like mutual fund, ultra short term debt funds, equity etc.

Middle class to money class is written in such a way that any novice can understand about share market. Here sources and links are provided to find EPS, P/E ratio, Book Value of the company, dividend history etc; also how to calculate and compare with Piers Company is taught in simple way.

What I liked from the book is a Quote from Warren buffet and Peter Lynch which is good source of motivation for investors. I really appreciate the guideline provided in the book by author, when to enter the market and when to exit i.e. purchase and sale of any script. 

I highly recommend this book to middle class people and amateur investor in share market, to be rich and wealthy. Also one suggestion to the author, we need further in-depth explanation, links and good source from your next book.  

Some of the interesting lines from the book:
  • 1.      What Warren Buffett thinks about the yellow metal? “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head”
  • 2.      Other guys read Playboy. I read annual reports. – Warren Buffett
  • 3.      Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy. – Warren Buffett.

Blurb:

Do you have most of you money in Fixed Deposits?
Does the thought of investing in stocks scare you?
Do you believe that common investors making money in stock is a myth?
Do you want to learn more about stock picking strategies that can work for you?
Do you crave for financial freedom?

Look no further, this is the right book for you. Unleash the investor in you. Discover how to make money in stocks and the pitfalls you should avoid. Make the stock market work for you.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Book Review: The tree with a thousand apples by Sanchit Gupta


*Publisher: Niyogi books *ISBN: 978-93-85285-51-6 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 279 *Price: 350 Rating: 5/5

My View:

We have got our own Khaled Hosseini as Sanchit gupta, hats of to this excellent work. I am really happy that I have read this wonderful book, if you have not read this book about Kashmir than you have missed a good literature.

Kashmir is a sensitive issue right from independence of 1947; whenever Kashmir is said the first thing that came to our mind is mountains, valleys, beautiful landscapes, heaven of India and terrorist. Recently I have read an article on how Lord Mountbatten with her wife Edwina Mountbatten changed the decision and life of Kashmir’s by forcing Nehru to decide the fate under UN Security Council.

Now about his book, this is a story of three close friends Deewan Bhat, Bilal and Safeena, how their life changes after 1990 riots in Kashmir. The journey from childhood to the adolescent of three friends and how Kashmir conflicts affect their life is portrayed by the author, I don’t want to reveal the plot, the blurb itself says much.

The writing style of author is too lucrative; he has conveyed the message in very simple way, also the life and culture of Kashmiri Muslims and Pundits is perfectly articulated by the author. In the book author has highlighted many such events where it show that army is misusing their power, which is a message to the government. The book has everything in it love, redemption, pain, revenge, loyalty of friends, etc.   

Nice sentence from the back cover of the book “If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is the criminal and who is the saint?” I liked the entire episode when Ravi was gambling with his friend and got three aces but losses his life against terrorist in a bomb blast.

Poetry, character buildup and the entire plot is the best ingredients and it’s a plus point for this book, the book has lots of interesting twists and turns which makes un-put-down-able.
This is one of the best book I have read in 2017, I highly recommend this excellent novel to those who wants to know about Kashmir, life of Kashmiri’s youth and true situation over their.

**I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**

Blurb:

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to chose sides against their will.

Twenty years later destiny brings them to a corssroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?

The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylized layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling makes for a powerful, gripping read.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Book Review: The serpent's revenge by Sudha Murty


Book Review: The Serpent’s revenge by Sudha Murty

*Publisher: Penguin India *ISBN: 978-0-143-42785-8 *No of pages: 182 *Genre: Mythology *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Price: 250 *Rating: 5/5

My View:

Every time when I read about Indian mythology it gives me new message and it changes my thinking to positive way, I am getting energized by reading about Mahabharata and Ramayana.

I am a big fan of the author and reading her from her first book dollar bahu, I know her writing style which is very simple and crispy, easy to understand. So when I came to know about this book I placed the order without any second thought, a book from Sudha Murty on mythology is a good collection for next generation.

Now, the serpent’s revenge is a unique collection of events from Mahabharata, some are known and some are unknown to me. This book will not only help you to narrate bed time stories for your kids but will also add your knowledge about Indian mythology. There are many such stories which you have not heard from your parents or grandparents which are perfectly represented by the author with the help of graphical pictures through the book.

Many stories are provided with end notes or rather footnotes, where current location of India and stories behind it is being written by the author, which is best source to know about that particular place and event and why we still worship and importance of that lord. Also last two pages of the book where the family tree of Chandravansh is being provided which is good source of information about Kaurava’s and Pandava’s.  

I highly recommend this wonderful yet simple representation of Indian mythology for today’s youngsters. 

Blurb:

How many names does Arjuna have? Why was Yama cursed? What lesson did a little mongoose teach Yudhishthira?

The Kurukshetra war, which forced even the gods to take sides, may be well known, but there are innumerable stories set before, after and during it that lend the Mahabharata its many varied shades.
In this collection, award-winning author Sudha Murty reintroduces the fascinating world of India’s greatest epic through these little-known but extraordinary tales, each of which is sure to fill you with wonder and amazement.