Sunday, 28 June 2015

Book Review: Beautiful Thing by Sonia Faleiro


*Publisher : Penguin Books *ISBN : 978-0-14-351851-1 *Gener : Non-fiction * No of pages : 214 *Amount : 299 INR *Rating : 4/5

My View:

Excellent, the book describes the true reality of Bombay dance bar girls, when the bars were at their prime time and after the banned by the government. Faleiro manages to pack lots of things like pimps, gangsters, police, madams, hijras etc. The book is fast paced, perfectly observed and full of curiosity. 

Faleiro portrays the life of Bombay dance bar teenage girl Leela, her journey from small village to Bombay, their night life, struggle for survival and her bitter world. The first half of the book revel’s the life of dance bar and second half deals after ban imposed by government. The conversation with the character is mixture of English and Hindi. The author has perfectly observed the mentality of men, from one girl to another, from one bed to another for physical satisfaction, and because of this types of nature the girl’s life like Leela are being ruined.

What I liked about the book is its way of writing, the story is told in conversation between author and the protagonist Leela. The dark side of Mumbai is perfectly crafted by the aurthor.

Also the book is based on extensive research on sex workers, policeman, madams, pimps, bar owners, hijras etc; the author has researched on this topic for more than 5 yrs. I am a big fan of investigative journalism, so according to my view this is a must read book. Beautiful Thing is very informative and engaging book.


Leela is a bar dancer in Mumbai. She is young, beautiful, determined and hedonistic. She is also-destructive, cynical and full of despair. When the dance bars are banned, the young woman and her friends find their worlds slowly giving way. Hailed as one of the most important books of 2010, Beautiful Thing is reportage at its finest.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Book review Checkmate by Hrishikesh Joshi

Book Review: Checkmate by Hrishikesh Joshi

*Publisher: Frog Books *ISBN: 978-93-81836-94-1 *No of pages: 158 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 2.5/5

My View:

A fast paced book which can be finished in one sitting, simple language and easy to follow. I think author has read too much of newspaper and watched Indian Bollywood movies so the plot is very common. Also India was suffered due to plane hijacked by terrorists, not more than a decade so the book is predictable in many ways. Character buildup is also very low; protagonist is also not being explored properly in the book.  

If you have watched the movie Wednesday, staring Nasureddin Shah and Anupam Kher, than it will be very easy to know the outcome of the book. I think author is a big fan of Bollywood masala movies. One thing which I didn’t like is too much ingredients of sex; it is least needed in such type of novels according to my view.   

Positive side of the novel is author’s writing style, dialogues are very admirable. The author Hrishikesh Joshi has done a good attempt in his debut novel.


An upright judge is used as a pawn by the terrorists to hijack a plane. The militants strike with vengeance to free their most dangerous fidayeen from the Indian prisons, as they hold a hundred passengers in the plane to ransom. Calling the shots for jihadis from Pakistan is once upon a time the right hand man of Osama Bin Laden and now the most dangerous terrorists in the world, Muhammad Zia ul Afridi. With the Prime Minister in a soup, there is only one man to stop the diabolical scheme of the dreaded jihadis – Vikram Roy, chief Secretary of RAW, a dashing young man of action. As the Prime Minister is about to surrender the prisoners, Vikram Roy discovers the most shocking truth about activities inside the RAW. The weary nation holds its breath as the fate of a hundred hostages and the prisoners hangs in limbo. However, the events that are about to follow are so unforeseen that they shock everyone to the core.

Book Review: The Hidden Letters by Purba Chakraborty

Book Review: The Hidden Letters by Purba Chakraborty

*Publisher: Bluejay Books *ISBN: 978-93-82891-18-5 *No of Pages: 187 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 3.5/5

My View:

A very interesting and different story, compared to current love stories. The plot is excellent and equal importance has been given to each and every character; also language is simple and easy to understand. The title of the book The Hidden Letters, itself creates good suspense for the readers. The blurb is written very efficiently; so after reading the blurb one cannot put the book down until completing the entire novel.    
The novel is about woman’s courage
 that fights with her past to save her future, for a mother whose love for children is more important where she can compromise her love for husband. Love makes one blind, so this is the perfect example of first true love, and also love of parents for their children is one of the strong side of the novel. Through the words readers can feel the pain suffered by the protagonist. Each and every character’s emotion and dilemma has been perfectly crafted by the author.  
This book is far much conceptual and worth reading. The story is consistently good and doesn’t allow the reader to leave at any point oft time. Also it shows reflection of today’s strong women. This novel is a good example for today’s generation who dream for the perfect life partner but suffers after a marriage.   


She is a successful author, a loving wife and the world’s best mom. Her doctor husband dotes on her, her teenage daughter idolizes her and her readers yearn for her writing. Shouldn’t all that respect and love make her happy?
Yet, she is devoid of inner peace. In the wee hours of the night, her slumber is disturbed by horrifying nightmares. All her harmony is abducted and lost amidst the bunch of hidden letters kept in her cupboard. Those letters were written long back by her cousin, presently a patient at a mental asylum in Kolkata.

Haunted by her inner demons and tired by the long-time secrecy, she decides to put end to her misery by surrendering to her husband and daughter, The Hidden Letters….

Will she lose her husband’s love and daughter’s respect? Can she forgive herself for her own selfishness which rendered her cousin’s fate malignant?

Take me home by Rashmi Bansal Book Review

Book Review: Take Me Home by Rashmi Bansal

The inspiring stories of 20 Entrepreneurs from small-town India with big-time dreams

*Publisher: Westland *ISBN: 978-93-83260-80-5 *No of Pages: 355 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Non-Fiction *Price: 200 *Rating: 4/5

My View:

I have read all the books written by Rashmi Bansal, she provides the most inspiring stories; their journey from rags to riches always keeps me thinking. The ways she narrates this stories keeps the readers hooked up until you complete the last chapter. Also the simple and easy language makes readers to easily understand the content of the book.

Rashmi Bansal’s book describes different sets of entrepreneur, ones it’s about IIM graduates, then it was about woman entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, Dharavi slum entrepreneurs and this book is about small town entrepreneur. Take me home is variety of many sectors like manufacturing, innovative, service sector, IT etc. so there is something for everyone. Different stories give ideas of challenges faced by different entrepreneur. What inspire me is the hard work, honesty, dedication and perseverance of each and every entrepreneur, all this ventures were based in small town, and they started with small budget and almost reached to their mastery. 

What you need to be a good entrepreneur? According to my view it doesn’t need any graduation from renowned institute but all you need is a vision, mission and zeal to convert your dream into reality.       

In short, another remarkable successful story of those that made it almost from no-where. Each and every entrepreneur Never Give UP approach to their work made them successful. Author has done a great job, worth and must read book.


Take me home is the story of 20 entrepreneurs who have built remarkable companies, while remaining true to their roots. From small towns across India, they run giant global enterprises with locally trained talent.

The ability to run a professional business is no longer limited by location. What you need is a vision and a mission and a burning desire. To ‘make it happen’, wherever you are.