BOOK REVIEW: THE CODE OF MANAVAS

Book: The Code of Manavas

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Author: Arpit Bakshi

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 280 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set in the future. Kali-Yuga is over and now Swarnim-Yuga is going on. Earth is now known as Bhoomi and there are only a couple of small sea-locked continents on Earth known as Jambhu-Dweep and Purva-Dweep.

The hero of our story is Krishna, the genius who has developed Bhoomidium, the compound that has transformed the Modern Man into a new race, the Manavas. The Manavas do not age and have superior brains than the modern man.

Krishna is faced with a dual problem. On one hand the supply of Bhoomidium is eroding and Bhoomi is soon going to be destroyed. He is trying to find another planet which will be hospitable to the Manavas. On the other hand, there is a saboteur at work who is trying to ensure that Krishna’s plans do not succeed. Krishna still pines for his lost love Radhika.

The author has thrown in a lot of mythological references in the story to Lord Krishna as well as the Mahabharata war.

Will Krishna succeed in his mission to save the race of the Manavas? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

The author has ended the story on an intriguing note which leaves the reader awaiting the sequel!

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

BOOK REVIEW: YODDHA THE DYNASTY OF SAMUDRAGUPTA

Book: Yoddha The Dynasty of Samudragupta

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Author: Rajat Pillai

Genre: Historical, Fiction

Published by: Jaico Books

Number of pages: 316 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Rajat Pillai provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta dynasty of course is one of the greatest kings in Indian history.

The story begins showing Samudragupta, Chandragupta’s father at the peak of power and slowly beginning to show the signs of old age. Chandragupta has been raised in a village by a foster mother and does not know who Samurdragupta really is. He only knows Samudragupta as a benevolent relative who visits him and his mother from time to time. It is only when his foster mother is on her deathbed that Chandragupta comes to know that he is actually Samudragupta’s son and a prince of Magadha.

Chandragupta arrives in the capital, meets his father and assumes his rightful place as a member of the royal family. He is soon engaged twice, once as a political match and once out of love. He is also reunited with his brother Ramagupta.

Life in the royal palace is not what it appears to be as there is a deadly assassin on the loose as well as numerous conspiracies and rivalries afoot. Chandragupta finds himself in an asylum weak and in ill health, branded mentally unstable after a series of events.

Will Chandragupta be able to get himself out of this mess and will he stake a claim on the throne of Magadha? Will the assassin be caught? Who has hired the assassin? Who is the mysterious prisoner who is being held in the dungeons of the palace? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

It will remain to be seen whether the author will take the story forward in a sequel. I highly recommend “Yoddha”, as an extremely interesting story that will leave the reader hooked to the very end!

BOOK REVIEW: THE HIDDEN CHILDREN THE LOST GRIMOIRE

Book: The Hidden Children The Lost Grimoire

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Author: Reshma K. Barshikar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Two Ravens

Number of pages: 401 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of the book is Shayamukthy or Shui as she is commonly known as. She is a teenager in high school, who plays basketball and loves to hang out with her best friends Nallini and Jai. Shui is not as normal as she appears to be, as she has been diagnosed with dyslexia. She used to live in the US with her family but they moved to India three years ago.

Shui’s life is disrupted with the arrival of a new girl in their class, Anya. Nallini takes an instant dislike to Anya but Shui is drawn to her for some strange reason.

Anya shows Shui how to summon butterflies using magic and just like that Shui finds herself sucked into the world of the Witana. Shui attempts to discover whether she has magical powers. Anya reveals to Shui that the grimoire belonging to Anya’s deceased mother is lost and that Anya is desperate to find it.

The story is very fast paced as the characters zip all around Mumbai. Does Anya have a hidden agenda beyond looking for the grimoire? Does Shui really have any magical powers? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend “The Hidden Children”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

BOOK REVIEW: ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM

Book: Elephants in the Room

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Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: The Write Place

Number of pages: 598 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW:

A bunch of small time crooks plan a bank heist thinking that this will solve all their monetary problems. As luck would have it, two other gangs have the same idea! So the incredible happens and the bank is taken hostage by three separate gangs of robbers. The police arrive on the scene before the gangs can resolve the situation among themselves.

The police are unaware of the happenings inside the bank and attempt to negotiate with the thieves as the customers of the bank are being held hostage. They of course think that the bank is being robbed by a gang of terrorists.

Inside the bank, the tension mounts as alliances are formed between the robbers. But the question arises as to who can be trusted. What will become of the customers who have been held hostage? Will one of the gangs be able to make use of the tunnel that has been dug and manage to make a getaway?

“Elephants in the Room” is a lengthy crime thriller, one that can be carried along on a vacation or a long journey.

BOOK REVIEW: I AM M-M-MUMBAI

Book: I am M-M-Mumbai

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Author: Rishi Vohra

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Vishwakarma Publications

Number of pages: 188 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Rudra, a young man who lives in Mumbai. He aspires to become an actor but does not dare to attempt to do so on account of his speech impediment, i.e. stammering. Instead he struggles as an assistant film director but constantly faces humiliation on account of his stammering.

When Rudra is dumped by his girlfriend, he hits rock bottom and goes into a deep depression. He is helped by a bar dancer Devika who gives him a roof over his head and his first break. Rudra manages to overcome various hurdles and finally gets a break in a film. Will he be able to make it big time?

The author has vividly depicted the way things work in the Hindi film industry by way of Rudra’s struggles. Once cannot help but fall in love with Rudra’s character, i.e. a truly decent human being. The story is well written and extremely interesting.

If you are looking for a breezy and light read, I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages can certainly understand and enjoy the book.

BOOK REVIEW: ENDURER

Book: Endurer

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Author: Kapil Raj

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Write India Publishers

Number of pages: 216 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is certainly different from anything that I have read so far. It deals with the pertinent question of rape.

Palak is a beautiful young woman studying in college. She is leading a fun life of drinking, partying and even drugs with her group of friends. While stoic Rohin in her group of friends appears to be attracted to her, Palak herself is interested in another friend Jahan.

Palak’s life takes a turn for the worse when she attends a rave party with her friends. She wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night. But the battered condition of her body tells her that something serious and unpleasant has happened to her. She faces further humiliation when there is a sex video of her and Rohin doing the rounds.

Rohin takes Palak to his home town in order to get away from the gossip and speculation. Palak goes through a tremendous ordeal as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened to her.

Will Rohin be able to find out what actually transpired on the night of the party? Will Palak be able to heal? The author has beautifully depicted Palak’s thoughts, feelings and emotions in the story.

I recommend this book to readers as value for money.

BOOK REVIEW: THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

Book: The Times We Live In

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Author: Madhav Thapar

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 195 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was kindly provided with a copy of this book by the author Madhav Thapar.

The story has characters from the author’s previous book, A Friend Like Karna, playing a role in the story. However, for this story, the author has weaved an elaborate plot with characters based in the United States, England, India and Pakistan. The story also goes back and forth in time, from 1947 up to the present day. Moreover, there are numerous sub-plots in the story. I will endeavour to review the book without giving away any of the suspense of the story!

Girdhari Lal Mehta’s family attempts to cross the border from Pakistan into India at the time of Partition, with the assistance of his close friend Sarfaraz Khan, the Inspector General of Police. However, Girdhari Lal’s family is killed en route with the exception of his two children Sushma and Jai Prakash.

The main characters in the story are the progeny of Sarfaraz Khan and Girdhari Lal. The RAW officer Shashank Puri also plays a pivotal role in the story. Morever, there is a deadly assassin codenamed Cobra whose identity is unknown.

The thriller is action packed and taut with various twists and turns. The identity of Cobra is not revealed until the very end and comes as a major surprise.

A fast paced thriller that is definitely worth reading!