Sunday, 5 November 2017

Book Review : The secret lives of Indian Mammals by Vivek Menon


Book Review: The secret lives of Indian Mammals by Vivek Menon

*Publisher: Hachette India *ISBN: 978-93-5195-115-5 *Genre: Reference/Wild life *Cover: Paperback *No of pages: 256 *Price: 399 INR *Rating: 5/5

My View:

A very nice and informative book, an excellent material for novice and for those would like to pursue their carrier in the field of mammals. This book is designed in such a way that through the picture’s you can easily teach your child the basics. This is the first time I am writing any review other than novel, biography or any other genre. I have visited many wild life sanctuaries and also roamed in many jungles but never got to know further, but after reading this book it creates curiosity in me to know further about animals.

I highly appreciate the effort of Vivek Menon who has written this book, from the cover of the book itself it justify that it’s a hand guide to know and teach your children about Indian mammals. The author has covered more than 400 species and 500 or more photographs as a reference guide to the wildlife lovers.

The information which is covered under the book is what are mammals? How do they live, where to find them in India? What they eat? The book is further classified under herbivorous and Non-herbivorous animals. What precautions to be taken while watching them, what are their behaviors, how to guess their age by pug marks, which is described through drawings by the author.

The book also covers National parks of India, how to save animals from poachers, a good chapter on illegal trades of wild life (a major issue in MP). Under the primates section comes the Monkey and Elephant, the different species of monkey, their height, weight, footmarks of infant and matured monkey, which family they came from, are they rare or can be found in different parts of India.

Odd-toed Ungulates and even-toed Ungulates, under this section why Rhino come under odd-toed ungulates are described through simple drawings which are easily understandable to the readers. Other than tigers and lions, you will find lynx, jungle cat, leopard’s cats, civets, hyena, wolf, jackal, wild dogs, martens, hares, pikars, desert hare, large eared pika, pangolins, bats, whales, dolphins etc.

I highly recommend this wonderful book to wildlife lovers and a reference guide to each and every parent to teach their children on Indian mammals. A must read book.

 Blurb:

What is the rhino’s horn made of?
How do deer and langurs help each other in the forest?
Why do elephants and monkeys suffer the most in captivity?
Where can you see the Irrawaddy Dolphin?
Which Indian mammal has arms on-and-a-half times the length of its legs?

Covering these many more intriguing facts, this handy wildlife guide features more than 400 mammal species in India, from tigers, elephants and rhinos to monkeys, rodents and bats.

Mammals fascinate us, probably because we are one of them! That’s why, along with expertly researched information about where these animals are found, and how they live, communicate and behave, conservationist and photographer Vivek Menon also shares secrets from his adventures in the wild.

Key identification pointers and stunning colour photographs help you identify different mammals easily, making The Secret Lives of Indian Mammals both a ready reckoner and a field guide for young, enthusiastic animal lovers.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Book Review: The colours of passion by Sourabh Mukherjee


Book Review: The Colour of Passion by Sourabh Mukherjee

*Publisher: Readomania *ISBN: 978-93-858544-5-3 *Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 237 *Price: 250 INR *Rating: 4.5/5

My View:

Wow, this is one of the best novel I have read this Diwali, “The colour of Passion” name itself suggest that this book is different from other. When I started this book I thought it’s an open case where rapist and murderer is caught and are in prison, then why ACP Agni Mitra is investigating? But I was wrong, the author has perfectly articulated ACP Mitra’s way of thinking and solving the case, which is one of the best I have read in recent times. You will find crime, suspense, thriller, twist and turns in this novel, a perfect ingredient to be a best seller.

I am reading Saurabh Mukherjee for the first time and after completing this novel would like to read his previous work also. The writing style of the author is excellent, he has a god gift to write this type of suspense/thriller, especially his unique way of introducing new character which makes you feel as a culprit. I liked the facial expression described by the author when ACP Mitra investigates each and every suspect which makes this book un putdown able. The easy and lucid language is a plus point for this novel; also author has a technique to change a simple story into thriller by maintaining suspense till the end.

If this is a researched book on Tollywood, than I must say the dark secret behind glamorous world of Hero and Heroine is perfectly revealed by the author. As usual I don’t want to reveal the plot or the story, but blurb itself is a good kick start to know, who is real culprit behind the murder of Hiya Sen?

I highly recommend this novel to those who loves to read crime and suspense.

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

Blurb:

Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Manav’s ex-fiancée; her father, who was eyeing business through the alliance; an alcoholic male model, and a former Tollywood diva. When two more connected murders make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Book Review: The journey continues by Sri M


Book Review: The journey continues by Sri M

*Publisher: Magenta Press *ISBN: 9789382585244 *Genre: Spirituality *Cover: Paperback *No of Pages: 194 *Price: 300 INR *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

The journey continues is a sequel to Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master by the author Sri M. A journey to unite with eternal is described in this book, although I am bit disappointed compared to his previous book, where there was vast knowledge about metaphysics, previous birth etc. In this book his self appreciation is done by the author.

Although I still appreciate this work, but the first one is far better. I am not that much into spirituality and don’t know how to meditate or go through previous birth etc, but sorry to say sometimes it seems like I am reading any script for the movie where repetition of babaji and projecting him as a supernatural hero is somewhat undigested.

But after completing both the books I came to conclusion that one should meditate to know the purpose of his life, why he/she came to this planet earth and what is motto of his life. I am very glad that the author is very fortunate to have such guru in his life and through him we got to know about the power of cosmos, meditation and spirituality.

Those who have read the first book must continue with this book, also I recommend this book to those who want to achieve higher spiritual path and curious mind. For this book a big no to the fresher’s and average thinkers.

P.S: My review for the first book link: http://founttainofjoy.blogspot.in/2016/09/book-review-apprenticed-to-himalayan.html?m=1

Blurb:

I started my autobiography Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master with the words ‘Let the journey begin’. The last chapter was titled ‘The journey continues’. So, completing the autobiography was not the end of the journey and now we begin another journey together into new vistas. A unique and, in many instances, an unbelievably strange journey. You may dismiss it as fiction or due to my unusually fertile imagination or just plain lies or conclude that I have finally gone bonkers. Be that as it may, if you find the journey interesting and contributing in some way to opening up your mind to newer ways of perception or even bringing up a thought like ‘yeah, perhaps there are more unknown vistas to which consciousness can expand than the so-called rational brain can think of’, I have done my job. Bear in mind friends, that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and some yogis have even called the solid world we swear by an illusion, a construct of the mind. There is no strict chronological order though. Each chapter is complete by itself and can be read independently.
So dear reader, Sangacchadvan – Let walk together once more . Sri M

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 façade 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?