Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book Review #41: History Revisited

9789352015900Name: History Revisited
Author:
Nishant Joshi 
No. of Pages: 170
Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 175/-
Published in: 2016

How did I get it? From the publisher.

The blurb of the book says:
Meet Nishant, Suraj and Sachin, three “unlucky” guys. Finding themselves stuck in the thirty-fifth century B.C after being plunged by a near death experience into a time portal, their luck flips around. They find themselves trapped in a bloody conflict raging between two opposing dynasties. They stumble upon a dynastic princess and her new born baby and resolve to unite her with her prince from the opposing dynasty.


During their quest, they must seek a time locator that could allow them to return to their own time but not before they discover fantastical weapons which give them various supernatural powers. Overseeing the evil in the world, a demonic sorcerer wields the blackest magic and destroys the whole dynastic army.


Can the three stop him or will they, like the army, perish in the attempt?
Will they be able to finally return to their own time?

Can they overcome their bad luck or has destiny planned something else for them?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Self introduction of the author, Nishant Joshi:

"I am a final year engineering student of Electronics and Telecommunication at Mumbai University. I was born in Lucknow, U.P and since my father had a transferrable job, we migrated to various cities. From Lucknow to Bhubneshwar, then to Kanpur, then Delhi, then again Lucknow and then, finally to the city of dreams Mumbai. I have grown in an era that was full of science fiction elements be it television cartoons like Shaktiman and Dragon Ball Z, films like Spiderman and Star Wars or the never ending list of science fiction computer games. Seeing this, I was greatly inspired by them but was unhappy about not finding anything as such in my own country except a handful of such things but which were completely restricted only to epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Would you call them Science fiction!?! Therefore, I set out on my journey to pen down sci-fi novels since our country is literally void of it. Even if you see other countries, the biggest business comes out of science fiction be it novels, films or computer games as compared to India where love and romance is the only thing. Lame isn’t it!!! The taste of especially the youth of our country is very different and the wise will see that it’s bending towards science fiction. Thus, I feel impelled to contribute as much as possible to science fiction which is going to be the landmark and milestone of the present and the coming future."

MY THOUGHTS:
Cover: It shows a soldier in the battlefield with a powerful weapon. 

Writing:  Plain and ordinary. 

Plot: Three loser friends travel back in time and recreates history.

Reading the book, I felt as if the author had some story-idea in his mind and he just vomited out his thoughts on paper. Not one character was properly thought out or introduced. The three friends were construction workers earning ninety rupees a day, ate only vada-pavs but had android cellphones. It was never really explained why they had to leave home. As the story began, immediately they traveled back in time through a portal. The threesome did a lot of irritating crying and hugging. They could execute their plans immediately and very easily; "I somehow did it" but never explained how. The book was like movie with a really bad script, anything and everything was happening.

The author had declared in his acknowledgements, "I am sure it (History Revisited) will be a n exciting and an unforgettable journey for all sci-fi fans out there. I am a sci-fi fan and I will not forget to tell my reading friends that they can gladly give this one a miss.

I give "History Revisited" 1 star on a scale of 5.


Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Review #40: The Not People


9789352016013Name: The Not People
Author:
Sonara
No. of Pages: 260
Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 250/-
Published in: 2016

How did I get it? From the publisher.

The blurb of the book says:
‘The Not People’ is an odyssey of faith, a plunge of deep belief into the heart of the ones who have ever dared to love unconditionally. When Parineeta decides to call it quits, her relationship with beau Atharv, with whom she had voyaged through unnumbered experiences in an ordinary life, she was sure as hell about never wanting to see him ever again, even if that meant smothering her core voice that screamed out to love and endure. Winds of change begin gushing only after a protracted length of time; almost close to a decade since their separation. She is now not so youthful anymore and Atharv’s status is unknown to her. Will she give in to her heart’s calling and set out to seek her only love? Would her intentions be bestowed by blessings from above? Will it ever rain again, as it had when she had returned once, to meet her dying mother? Are Parineeta and Atharv really, just ordinary people or Not…?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sonara (Soni Arasu) has served the Armed Forces and is a Director at ARK (Act of Random Kindness social welfare society). She is an avid blogger and is zealous about lettering her thoughts about the hinterlands she subsists in. Her resilient beliefs mirror the concept of pursuing one’s core candidly. A quintessential gypsy at heart, she has voyaged most parts of India with her husband who is a serving officer in the armed forces and her son, Aries.

MY THOUGHTS:
Cover: It shows the view of a busy road from inside a moving vehicle on a rainy day. 

Writing:  Many, many words not at all used in daily vocabulary has been used. At times, it felt as if the author is trying to show off her knowledge of words. At several places, sentences and thoughts became repetitive. Demarcations between events were missing. 

Plot: The story is about two soulmates, madly and deeply in love, defying societal norms of marriage and having a live-in relationship.

The book started well. The female protagonist, Parineeta, lost her mother and she was seeing her family after a decade. She is the only living child of her parents but chose to be disconnected from them all these years; seemed utterly self-centered to me. Atharv, her beau, portrayed as a loving, caring and considerate guy. Then suddenly, they were moving base from Northeast India to South India via road. So one-fourth of the book was about their road trip. They are not financially well-off, but they could afford the deroute road trip and build a house in Ooty. Then their handyman in Ooty lost his family and village to tsunami, so another one-fourth went into their experience in the affected parts volunteering help. What was mentioned in the blurb happened only when the book was coming to end. Parineeta tells Atharv to not come after her, so he doesn't. Then suddenly the story moves eight years ahead. Parineeta conveniently ignored her lonely and aging father till the end. Then she comes back. Didn't like it.

I give "The Not People" 1 star on a scale of 5.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review #39: Fade To White

fresh Fade and whiteName: Fade To White
Author:
Shreya Dhanwanthary
No. of Pages: 268
Genre: Fiction
Price: Rs. 285/-
Published in: 2016

How did I get it? From the publisher.

The blurb of the book says:
Who are we, really? Are we shaped by our past, by our plans for tomorrow or by life as it happens to us? Are we a result of the lives our parents led or are we an amalgamation of all of it?

This is a story of three people who are trying to figure just that. Three people whose life, as they know it, shatters after a traumatic event.

Three people who are trying to find a new beginning – a beginning away from their darkness. Three people who want to fade to white.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shreya Dhanwanthary spends all her time conjuring up scenarios where she is heroically rescuing the world from abominable evil. When she isn’t doing that, she writes. Sometimes.

MY THOUGHTS:
Cover: It depicts the colour black dissipating into white.

Writing: A lot of uncommon words have been used. The writing is quite engaging at times, but the lengthy paragraphs spoils the effect.

Plot: The story is basically about three people. A writer who loves to travel and who hates to be a part of conventional notions. Her partner, who loves her with all her idiosyncrasies, while subduing his dreams to lead a normal, stable life. The partner's best friend, an engineer, who dreams of making his mark in the world of science, and who is also in love with the writer. And then an accident shakes them all out of their lives.

This book gave me mixed feelings. I am somewhat confused whether I liked it or not. The parts I enjoyed the most are the journal entries of the writer. The jest and the sarcastic humour was really good. Of all three life stories of the protagonists, I liked the partner's story the most. Then most parts are the conversations between the three of them, and at times a single paragraph is two pages long. Many a times, the character is just jabbering his/her (acually the author) random thoughts and I lost interest in several places. Overall, I think it is a okay read. Also I felt the connection with the title was not really established.

I give "Fade To White" 2.5 stars on a scale of 5.