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!

BOOK REVIEW: A FRIEND LIKE KARNA

Book: A Friend Like Karna

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Author: Madhav Thapar

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 161 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

The story is set in modern times but readers familiar with the Indian epic The Mahabharata can certainly draw the analogy between the epic and this thriller.

The story is about two of India’s elite families, the Desais and the Sahnis. Veer Singhi, the central character works for Pranav Desai, a media baron and his spoiled son Jay. Veer considers Pranav Desai to be his godfather and benefactor and is extremely loyal to him and Jay.

On the other side, the Sahni family comprises of Pran Sahni, his widowed daughter Aditi, her three sons Mridul, Vidit and Varun as well as Aditi’s maternal uncle Vidur.

The Sahnis decide to take out a contract on Pranav Desai which is partially successful. Veer on behalf of the Desais, decides to retaliate.

The story has all the ingredients of a potboiler with suspense, passion and betrayal all being part of the story. The lovely Nisha Kapoor adds to the glamour of the plot and plays an important role as she is engaged to Vidit and in love with Veer.

The story races to a climax with Veer’s parentage being part of the mystery. I just wish that the ending was different!

A Friend Like Karna is an extremely enjoyable suspense thriller and I recommend it to readers.

BOOK REVIEW: SIN IS THE NEW LOVE

Book: Sin is the New Love

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Author: Abir Mukherjee

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 210 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

Ahi Chatterjee is a lovely young woman whose father is the Director General of the Kolkata Police. Ahi has started her own publishing house Ankur along with her best friend Samim.

Ahi is thrilled to receive a manuscript from her favourite author Devang Awasthi. The difficulty is that Devang Awasthi passed away two months before Ahi received the manuscript.

Once Ahi delves into the manuscript, she realises that it is an account of the writer’s life, right from his abusive childhood up to his adulthood and old age. Various crimes committed by Devang Awasthi are narrated in the manuscript.

Ahi realises that the contents of the manuscript are extremely explosive. Determined to publish it, Ahi heads to Delhi in order to get written permission from one of Devang Awasthi’s family members for publication.

In Delhi, Ahi encounters Maya, Devang’s second wife, Dhruv, his spoilt son and Hari, his faithful servant. However, she is soon seeped into a quicksand of crime and intrigue.

Ahi meets and falls in love with ACP Abhimanyu Rathore and also learns some horrific secrets about her own past. Will Ahi be able to find out who is sending her mysterious messages? Was Devang Awasthi’s death a murder or a suicide? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

Sin is the New Love is an extremely enjoyable suspense thriller and I recommend it to readers.

BOOK REVIEW: ASHWATTHAMA’S REDEMPTION THE RISE OF DANDAK

Book: Ashwatthama’s Redemption The Rise of Dandak

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Author: Gunjan Porwal

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

Published by: Om Books International

Number of pages: 263 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

Ashwatthama of course is a well-known figure in Indian mythology. A great warrior and an immortal, he is remembered for being cursed by Lord Krishna.

The story is set in the time period 100 years after the Kurukshetra War. Ashwatthama, who has been reduced to a shadow of his former self is living the life of a nomad in the forest. At the same time, strange occurrences are taking place at the southern border of the kingdom of Avanti. This leads King Vikramsena, the king of Surparaka, a kingdom in the Western Ghats and Rana, the prince of Avanti to team up. They suspect that the evil sorcerer Dandak is in the process of getting resurrected. Only a divine weapon can kill Dandak.

Accordingly, Vikram, Rana and Ashwatthama, embark on a quest to the mountains to retrieve the Kodanda, the bow of Lord Rama that killed Ravana.

Their quest takes them through the kingdom of Hastinapur, where they are welcomed by Janamejaya, the great grandson of the Pandavas. The three warriors are joined on their quest by Urmila, the princess of Indraprastha and the great granddaughter of Karna.

Their quest is fraught with many dangers. Though they manage to retrieve the Kodanda, this is just the beginning of their troubles as the “asuras” are on the attack. Will Ashwatthama and his friends be able to stop the rise of Dandak?

The action in the book is extremely fast-paced. The entire story is littered with many fascinating little-known facts and details about the Kurukshetra War.

I highly recommend “Ashwatthama’s Redemption”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

BOOK REVIEW: SECRET DIARY OF AN INCURABLE ROMANTIC

Book: Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic

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Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Fingerprint Publishing

Number of pages: 278 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

The story is about Madhu (Madhubala), whose husband has died recently after only a year of marriage. Madhu now lives with her elderly mother-in-law and teaches Social Science in a school.

The story is witty, hilarious, extremely interesting and poignant at the same time. Though Madhu misses her husband intensely, she is still portrayed as a woman with normal needs and desires. She takes solace in alcohol and a fling with a colleague.

Madhu’s workplace, i.e. the school, is extremely well depicted with interesting descriptions of the staffroom, her bitchy colleagues, the pushy parents and the demanding principal.

I also loved the characters of Madhu’s parents and her mother-in-law Lalitaji as well as her best friend Pintu.

On the whole, the story is extremely modern and accurately shows the dynamics of relationships today. Will there be a happy ending for Madhu? The reader needs to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend ‘Secret Diary of an Incurable Romantic’ to readers as a real page-turner of a novel!

 

BOOK REVIEW: THE FULL CIRCLE

Book: The Full Circle

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Author: Namrata Gupta

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 122 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Namrata Gupta provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Aditya, an avid traveller who is unable to stay in one place for long. However, he meets Zinnia, when he visits Darjeeling and finds himself drawn to her.

Zinnia has an extremely unhappy home life and Aditya initially feels sorry for her. However, they later become friends and end up falling in love.

However, there is a secret about Zinnia’s parents and her past and Aditya is determined to uncover it. Will he be able to uncover the secret before it is too late?

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance fiction especially those who like some suspense thrown into the story.