Book: Tarikshir


Author: Khayaal Patel

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Westland Books

Number of pages: 332 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story begins on an interesting note describing the chamber of Ravan, after he was killed by Lord Rama. A greedy gibbon, Valikesh, is in the search of spoils from Ravan’s chamber and finds a gem with mysterious powers that sends Valikesh to his doom.

The story moves forward in time to the year 1826 to British ruled India and the kingdom of Devangarh that is stubbornly holding out against the British. The kingdom is ruled by Raja Ravindra who is determined not to surrender to the British.

Rudra, the crown prince, is just sixteen years old and suddenly finds himself the king of Devangarh when his father is killed in a skirmish against the British. Strange deaths and even stranger characters keep popping up in the story as Rudra struggles to come to terms with his new position and his father’s death.

Are the Red Tigers on the side of the Rajputs or not? Who is the strange hooded figure that Rudra keeps seeing? Can Rudra trust Shen-Zou and Duryadutta? Who are the Sons of Hanuman? What powers does his father’s gem have?

These are just some of the questions that Rudra grapples with as events speed up and flesh eating zombies become a great danger. Can Rudra stop the zombies as well as the Tarikshir from being unleashed? Does the answer lie in his grandfather’s diary or elsewhere?

‘Tarikshir’ is a fast-paced thriller filled with constant action. The ending is a real bolt from the blue and leaves behind the probability of a sequel. I recommend ‘Tarikshir’ to readers as a real page-turner of a novel!



Book: Sunshine TowntempImageForSave

Author: Maniissh Aroraa

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Peacock Books

Number of pages: 186 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Maniissh Aroraa sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Though the story is told from the point of view of a young boy, I feel that the story is relevant to adults also.

Shlok is a teenager who lives in a small town in North India with his parents. They are a regular middle class family, wherein the father harbours a dream that Shlok will become a doctor. However, Shlok is not the best of students academically.

The family gets a new neighbour, a young girl of Shlok’s age, Natasha. Shlok, like any teenage boy of his age, tries to impress her and make a good impression on her.

Certain incidents take place in the story that inspire Shlok to change his ways and try to improve in his academics as well as other aspects of his life. At the same time, Shlok and Natasha find themselves falling in love with each other. But there also, the path is not entirely smooth.

Though Shlok admittedly tries hard to self-improve, he does have to face many setbacks in trying to reach his goals.

Does Shlok succeed in fulfilling his father’s dream of becoming a doctor? Can Shlok and Natasha be together as a couple? One needs to read the book to find out.

The story appeals to teenagers and adults alike as the message the story gives can be understood and applied by everyone. The book “Sunshine Town” can be ordered on Amazon, Flipkart and Infibeam. It is also available in select bookstores.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maniissh Aroraa is a published author and an IT professional living in Bangalore. He can be followed on Instagram @writetomaniissh.