20 October, 2017

Book Review - Harappa: Curse of the Blood River ~ Vineet Bajpai

As a kid, I was fascinated by the Indus Valley Civilization. Mohenjo-daro and Harappa’s advanced towns and systems awed me. So it was a great delight to know that Vineet Bajpai had woven a story around these ancient yet futuristic civilizations. If you love ancient geography, history, and mythology, Harappa - Curse of the Blood River is a captivating read.

What’s the Story About?
The story follows parallel storlines of two half-devtas, Vivaswan Pujari in 1700 BC, Harappa, and Vidyut in 2017, Delhi. Though they are separated by 3,700 years, they share a common bond. A bond that transcends time and holds power. There is more than meets the eye here. An evil force caused destruction and havoc in Viswasan’s ife, and now, a deadly organization aims to kill Vidyut. Why? A call from Kashi, a lethal assassin, and a secret from Harappa combine to pull Vidyut from his picture-perfect life into one filled with secrets, conspiracy, betrayals, and God.

What is the secret? What destroyed Harappa eons ago? And what binds these two intelligent, capable, and charismatic men separated by millenniums?

How’s the Book?
Harappa is a well-researched novel that blends thriller, history, and myths into a riveting tale of the battle between good and evil. It’s a highly visual story that may be a future movie, who knows? The plot and story are gripping, and keep you turning the pages. While for the most part, the dialogues are good, there are places where the author uses colloquial language that is just a buzz-kill. The characters are fleshed out more for their appearances than their qualities. The only character who had an element of reality was Damini, Vidyut’s live-in partner. There are a few action sequences that are tightly written for a visual experience - hats off to the author, as writing action sequences is challenging. Overall, it’s a dramatic story with all the right elements of mystery, history, drama, action, and romance - a bollywood story in the making, I would say.

If you thought you knew your history, you will get to know a new side of it. Harappa as you know it will change, forever. That’s all I can say, read the book to know the new Harappa.

About the Author
Vineet Bajpai is an enterprising young professional with several accolades under his belt. He is the author of three bestselling management and inspirational books - Build from Scratch, The Street to the Highway, and The 30 Something CEO.

Title: Harappa - Curse of the Blood River
Author: Vineet Bajpai
Published by: Vineet Bajpai
ISBN: 9789352685486
Pages: 316
Personal Rating: 3/5

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Venice :)

18 June, 2017

Book Review - A Walk in the Rain ~ Udai Yadla


When you read a title like ‘A Walk in the Rain - A journey of love and redemption’ you know you’re set for a story that needs to be accompanied by a hot cup of tea/coffee, and a cozy nook. This story covers the genres of romance, drama, thriller, and action - in all the right amounts.

What’s the Story about?
The protagonists of the story are Sunny, a reclusive man haunted by his troubled past; and Saloni, a prostitute looking out for a chance to escape her circumstances. Fate brings these unlikely allies together in the face of a deadly incident. Wrecked by their pasts and damned by their present, will Sunny and Saloni find a brighter future awaiting them? Will they find the love and redemption which their souls desperately need?

The book is written in short, crisp chapters that alternate between the past and present. The book’s ‘past’ portion will remind you of the innocence of childhood, childhood friendships, and the special moments that imprinted themselves in your mind for a lifetime. It brings forward the powerful effect a turbulent event can have on a person’s mind and heart.

The ‘present’ portion is devoid of innocence and showcases naked reality that stares you in the face. The language, the situations, and characters are filled out with a rawness that you know is true.

How’s the Book?
A Walk in the Rain is a tale of guts, motives, and mystery that will keep you turning the pages. It does get stretched at few portions. The book could have done with an extra round of roof-reading and editing for a crisper read. At first it was confusing to sync with the story jumping from past to present and to other characters. The main characters are written with great care and feel real. The cover is a clever one and hints at the story (not saying more than this). Overall, the story makes for a good, laid-back read. Those who believe in fate and love will enjoy reading this honest, realistic, light and easy-to-read story.

Look out for the plot twists and the super zinger. It’s momentous.

About the Author
Udai, an IT consultant by profession, is an avid writer and poet. Having good imagination skills, writing became a natural choice for him. Many of his poems and stories were published in school and college magazines. He is currently working on his untitled second book which is a crime thriller.

Title: A Walk in the Rain - A journey of love and redemption
Author: Udai Yadla
Published by: Kyron Publications
ISBN: 9789385783760
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 234
Personal Rating: 3/5
Available on: Amazon and Flipkart

NOTE: I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Venice :)

01 January, 2017

Book Review - The Peshwa (The Lion and the Stallion)

The Peshwa impresses you right from the cover. Bold colours of powerful red and gold dominate the scene with a rider astride his war horse, radiating raw strength and ferocity through his eyes and body language.

The book retains its magnetic hold on you throughout and you will find it extremely difficult to put it down for even a moment. It’s a real page turner and keeps you hungering for more, especially when it ends. Without further ado, let’s look at what the book is all about.

What’s the Story about?
The Peshwa follows the life of Bajirao, son of Balaji Bhat - the senior Peshwa. The story covers the growing strength of the Maratha Confederacy across India during the dominant Mughal rule. The two powers co-exist through mutual understanding but this peace is threatened when Balaji stops the heinous plan of Nizam-ul-Mulk of the Mughal Empire causing the Nizam to unleash his revenge on the Marathas at an opportune time.

The untimely death of Balaji due to cancer puts the weight of being a Peshwa on the young Bajirao who has to deal with not just external enemies like the Mughals but also internal politically motivated individuals. Much bigger than all this though is the looming hellish activities carried out through the vengeful Nizam on the Marathas.

The story captures the young Peshwa in the midst of a new life with his wife and young son, while facing brutal war fare amongst his own people as well as the Nizam. Will Bajirao’s scant experience in the battle field cause him to fail? Will his love for his wife and son prove a distraction? And more than that, will he live up to everyone’s expectations and be their Peshwa they can believe and trust in?

How’s the Book?
The book is extremely interesting even if you’re not a history buff. I’ve never been one for history unless it’s a documentary on History TV channel, but this book with it’s effortless style and engaging language kept me hooked. Though this is based on a historical character, the author has fictionalized it to some extent so please don’t take it as a realistic capture of history though the author Ram Sivasankaran has followed the timeline and facts to an extent.

It is faced paced, though there were some places where I felt that the story could have been shortened to keep the story going. The characters are well etched out lending a wholesome reading experience. The battles are narrated with great detail and evoke visual imagery in the mind - kudos to the author for evoking such an effect!

It’s a book worthy reading when you need something between light and heavy. Seems like there will be a continuation of the book as per the last chapter’s ending where we’re introduced to Mastani. Looking forward to it!

Had just one doubt though - Couldn't figure out who the Lion and the Stallion referred to - the senior Peshwa and Bajirao or someone else?

About the Author
Ram Sivasankaran is an avid reader of epics, Hindu legends and stories of chivalry. This is his debut book covering the charismatic historical figure of Bajirao Bhat, Peshwa of the Maratha Confederacy. His lucid writing, captivating grasp on narration, and intense vividity of expression marks him as superlative writer of today. He reads your mind and writes the next sentence according to what you want to read or know - and this is truly remarkable of him as an author!

Title: The Peshwa - The Lion and the Stallion
Author: Ram Sivasankaran
Published by: Westland Ltd.
ISBN: 9789385724213
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 338
Personal Rating: 4/5
Available on: Amazon and Flipkart

Note: I received a copy of this book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.