Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review The Many lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

Book Review: The Many lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

*Publisher: Read out loud publishing *ISBN: 978-81-921448-1-8 *Publication Year: Nov 2014 *No of Pages: 289 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 249 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

It’s an action packed, page turner novel. Very interesting, fast paced thriller with lots of twist and turns. The story started gripping from the very first page. Characters buildup is superb, equal importance is given to each and every character. The description of Mumbai and their commuters is very well portrayed by the author. Many times it seems you are watching a Hollywood movie.

This is the story of every human soul living in Metro city, everyone doing odd jobs for survival. The story is written in such a manner that you get desperate to know further, suspense in every page. Also author has perfectly displayed the true face of Mumbai, its overcrowded trains, pollution, and poverty, its high society etc is very well portrayed by the author. I highly recommend this for fantasy lovers.


A girl desperate to rescue her best friend. A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves. A delusional doctor bent on annihilation.

When Ruby Iyer’s best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of Vikram Roy, a mysterious cop-turned-rouge on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza’s teen army. As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in  a city where she has never managed to fit in? and what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

About Author:

A near life incident told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.

Laxmi has been a journalist with The Independent and a global marketer with MTV and NBCUniversal. She is the author of the kindle bestselling, epic fantasy The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1) and blogs for the Huffington Post among others.

London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Book Review: RapeScars…. They never heal…. By Gaurav Sharma

Book Review: RapeScars…. They never heal…. By Gaurav Sharma

*Publisher: Petals Publishers & Distributors *ISBN: 978-81-929827-4-8 *Publication Year: 2014 *No of Pages: 151 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

To write anything on sensitive issues like Rape is very challenging task and this issue was talk of town because of devyani/nirbhaya (name given by media) gangerape. In India we read daily in newspaper about rape and flip the page but we don’t know the dilemma or how devastated the victim must be both mentally and physically. Here author has perfectly portrayed the emotional situation of the girl Akriti. A hard reality of our society is exposed by the author; by reading the book one can know how relatives and neighbors treat the victimized. In India victim is being blamed by the community rather than the molester.

Now about the book, its a story of a girl Akriti who is gang raped by her boyfriend and his friends. She was broken and narrates the entire incident from his first meting with Raman Chaudhary to his family. Akritis father a journalist and her mother supports her and insists to lodge complain against Raman. And what follows is a consequence in court room where Akriti makes an unusual request to marry his boyfriend who has raped her. So to know further you should grab the book from the store.
What I liked the most is the female character i.e. Seema Tripathi the lawyer, a sentence spoken by Akrit’s father to her after returning from police station on page no.60 about relationship.

Some of the interesting lines from the book:

I didn’t know what was more painful – his abusing my body or his abusing my trust. Page no. 39
Getting raped was not your fault but not reporting it will be. Page no. 43
Grief is a great teacher. Page no. 50

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A girl is raped! Her parents insist to report. Police tries to scuttle the case. Her fathers influence works! Doctor, the fourth man, sees her bare. The defense lawyer encounters with obnoxious questions. As if, she had inveigled the innocent boys. As if, shes the one accused and her violators are seeking justice against her. She feels & experiences being raped in public again. Her lawyer manages to seek conviction! Akriti wins the case but refuses her culprit to have imprisonment.

Why does she do this?
What does she decide then?
Is this the decision of her or raped mind?

Rape Scars is the voice of a rape survivor who thrives to stand against the violation of her persona.

About Author:

Gaurav Sharma, a Mathematics teacher by profession and a writer by passion. His first novel is Love @ Air Force which is a bildungsroman literary novel, brought out by Blackbuck Publications.
He also contributed a poem in The Essence of Eternal Happiness which is a collection of poems from 29 poets from six countries.

Lunacy for his dreams, he claims, has helped him being a published writer. As a writer, he doesnt want to be just a storyteller but yearns to create a stir.



Monday, 9 February 2015

Book Review Ramayana The Game of Life Shattered Dreams Book 2 by Shubha Vilas

Book Review: RAMAYANA The Game of Life Shattered Dreams Book 2 By Shubha Vilas

*Publisher: Jaico Publishing House *ISBN: 978-81-8495-531-6 *Publication Year: 2015 *No of Pages: 387 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Religion & Philosophy/Self-Help *Price: 350 *Rating5/5

My View:

An Indian mythology told differently. Shattered dreams is second part of the Ramayana series. This book provides vast knowledge to today’s youths. Footnotes are a good example on how to face any situation in daily life. The author’s way of conveying the entire tale is so excellent that it keeps readers hooked up from the very beginning. I have watched the Ramayana in Doordarshan and also heard about it from different sources, but what makes this book different is because of his in-depth detailing of any particular situation, and point to point self-help footnotes are good bonus given by the author.

By reading this book I got to know how Dasharatha got his name, Ravana’s name was Dasagriva but lord Shiva called him Ravana because of his courage and sincerity on knowledge of Vedas. Also got to know according to Indian mythology why peacocks feathers have different shades, why crows are given importance in our Shastra’s, why Bharata refused to become king etc.  

Each and every character are like Dasaratha, Kausalya, Sumitra, Kaikeyi, Lakshmana, Bharatha, Shatrugna, Urmila, Manthara, Vasistha etc are so vividly defined by author that their message is easily understood by the readers. What I liked the most is Six Anarthas to Conquer, Pause to think page no. 112, five management mantras page no.334. Also the romance of Rama and Sita is very well portrayed. 

I highly recommend this book to mythology and self-help readers. A must read for every Indian soul.

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Book Blurb:

Shattered Dreams is the sequel to the national bestseller, Rise of the Sun Prince, in the new spiritual and motivational series Ramayana – The Game of Life. Twelve joyful years have passed in Ayodhya since the wedding of Rama and Sita at the end of the Book 1.

Now, in shattered Dreams, Shubha Vilas narrates the riveting drama of Rama’s exile. Through tales of Rama’s unwavering and enigmatic persona, the book teaches us how to handle reversals positively; through Bharata’s actions, it teaches us to handle temptation; and through Sita’s courage, to explore beyond our comfort zone. This complicated family drama provides deep insights on how human relationships work and how they fail.

With Valmiki’s Ramayana as its guiding light, Shattered Dreams deftly entwines poetic beauty from the Kamba Ramayana and Ramacharitramanas, as well as folk philosophy from the Loka Pramana tales, to demonstrate how the ancient epic holds immediate relevance to modern life. Experience the ancient saga of the Ramayana like never before.

About Author:

Shubha Vilas author of the book “Ramayana - The Game of Life” published by Jaico, holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. He has also completed L.L.B (Specializing in Intellectual Property Law).

Shubha Vilas began his career with the Tata Group and later joined the international law firm in Bangalore which he quit to serve the society at large by taking charge of a publishing house Tulsi Books which has published over 10 books under his leadership.

Shubha Vilas now counsels and guides students in the area of leadership, overcoming failures, managing stress from various colleges like IISC, Bangalore, BITS Pilani, Goa, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Sydnem College, etc.

His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He addresses their crucial needs through thought- provoking seminars on themes such as ‘Secrets of Lasting Relationships’, ‘Soul Curry to Stop Worry’ and ‘Work–Life Balance’ to name a few.
Shubha Vilas has also been assisting business leaders as their lifestyle coach, conducting regular classes on Spirituality and Management to help them live a wholesome life.

He also helps individuals apply the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana and other dharmic traditions in dealing with modern- day life situations.
This book is the fruit of his deep study and understanding of lessons of Ramayan as it applies to life today.

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Twitter: @shubhavilas