Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Oath of the Vayuputras releasing early March 2013



















I just got an intimation that the third book in the Shiva Trilogy 'The Oath of the Vayuputras' by Amish Tripathi is releasing early March 2013 and is up for pre-order at a discounted rate on Flipkart.

Go grab it people!

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Face in the Dark and Other Hauntings

Rating: 4/5



















Title: A Face in the Dark And Other Hauntings
Author: Ruskin Bond
Genre: Fiction, Supernatural
Pages: 216
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN-13: 9780143067863




I had read ‘A Face in the Dark’ in school and I instantly fell in love with Ruskin Bond. The simplicity of the narration is what attracts me. His stories emphasize on creating an eerie setting for the reader rather than making it gory and horror-packed. There are several other good short stories in the book, the first one being ‘A Face in the Dark’. Since this was the story that introduced me to the reverent writer, it is special.

Mr. Bond’s tales follow a pattern consisting of old fashioned haunted houses, witches, graveyards and wandering ghosts waiting to avenge their misdoers. His way of thrilling readers in the means of stark oak tree branches in the moonlight or howling dogs and hooting owls rightly manages to do its job. And, personally, it excites me every time I read one of his books because I’d rather get thrilled by ghost stories with a quaint appeal than those that give me nightmares!

A good collection of tales and a keepsake too.

Monsoon Wedding Fever


Rating: 3/5
























Title: Monsoon Wedding Fever
Author: Shoma Narayanan
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 226
Publisher: Mills & Boon
ISBN-13: 9788184744347



It was in my college days that I last read a Mills and Boon and after this I recollected how romantic these books can be. Though, when I ordered this one I never knew that it was a Mills and Boon and that too, by an Indian author.

The story begins with Riya discovering her long lost lover Dhruv, lying on her living room floor. Their breakup had been messy and to come face to face after all those years makes the whole rendezvous a little awkward. But the spark between them remains, all the same. They have to attend a wedding together by obligation and through the course; they come closer and move apart now and then. Although they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, they have themselves in a confused state where Riya totally believes in love and Dhruv doesn't prefer to.

A good, dreamy read for Mills and Boon fans. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mahashwetha

Rating: 4/5















Title: Mahashwetha
Author: Sudha Murthy
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 160
Publisher: Penguin India
ISBN-13: 9780143103295




After reading ‘Dollar Bahu’, I browsed for other books by Sudha Murthy and bought ‘Mahashweta’. While ‘Dollar Bahu’ is a light read, this one on the other hand, is more introspective.

Anupama is happily married to her doctor husband Anand when she finds out that she suffers from leukoderma. Her husband works abroad and in the meanwhile she is forced to leave Anand’s home and return to her own in the village. When her husband doesn’t reply to her several mails, she is left hopeless, lonely and marred for life. The crisis and evasion she faces from people and how she overcomes them all is the gist of the story.

The book was originally written in Kannada but as the case with all Mrs. Murthy’s books, it was later published in English and all major Indian languages.

The plight of the Indian woman is just as described in this book. And I couldn’t agree more. Even when we say that we live in a modern and equal world today, women still have to face the many atrocities in the name of culture, religion etc. Will there ever be an equal place for women, I wonder. But the conviction with which Mrs. Murthy has ended the story is what I like. Marriage is not a necessity but a choice, which even a woman can make. She can survive without it, without depending on and living as independently as any other man.

Beautifully written and totally recommended.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Secret of The Nagas

Rating: 4/5









Title: The Secret of the Nagas
Author: Amish Tripathi
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 414
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 9789381626344




I ordered this book on Flipkart and couldn't wait to get my hands on it! As soon as it arrived, I had it covered (the snake on the cover scares me!!) and dug into it – pronto!

The story starts off where the previous book, The Immortals of Meluha, had concluded.  Shiva succeeds in saving Sati from the hideous Naga who killed his dear friend Brahaspathi back in Meluha. The story moves forward with the introduction of several new characters. Amongst the primary ones is Sati’s sister Kali – The Queen of the Nagas. Sati gives birth to Karthik but soon discovers that her elder son, Ganesh, is still alive and that he is none other than the Naga who has been following her from Meluha. Shiva reaches Branga, where he hopes to find some clue about the Nagas. There he realizes that due to a plague in Branga, they rely heavily on the Nagas to provide them with a miraculous medicine that cures all. Shiva and his troop, together with Kali, then journey to Panchavti, the Naga capital to find out the greatest secret of the Nagas. For eight long months they travel through dense forests and are about to reach the capital when they are attacked. When Shiva finally reaches Panchvati, he sees something that completely stuns him.

I finished this book in a personal record time of 24 hours! It was impossible to tear myself away from it. If you have read the first book, The Immortals of Meluha, then this one would be more interesting. I found the second one more interesting than the first, although I wouldn’t mind reading them both again! There are very few books that I can read for a second time, and this series is definitely one of them. So, until The Oath of Vayuputras (the third book in this series) releases, its re-reading time!

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