Thursday, February 20, 2014

Falling In Love Again

Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Falling In Love Again
Author: Ruskin Bond
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 208
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN-13: 9788129120434

I have always associated Ruskin Bond with ghost stories and haunted houses in the hills, but a romantic book? I had to try this one out!

The books contains several short stories of romance and love. The emotions bared by the author are surprising to someone like me because, as I said earlier, I have never come across this other side to him. All stories expose the colorful sentiments of a lover. Sometimes as a forlorn one waiting for a glimpse of his girl and at times as a passionate boyfriend stealing a kiss. But in all, he is the sincere lover. One who, when loves, does so wholeheartedly. And when there are the Himalayan hills, the oak trees, the little knolls and streams of clear running water in the background, these tales get even more amusing.

Well, I am pleasantly surprised and glad that I chanced upon this book. Turns out Mr. Bond is a true romantic after all! Who knew?!?

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Reluctant Detective

Rating: 2.5/5

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Title: The Reluctant Detective
Author: Kiran Manral
Genre: Fiction, Humour
Pages: 184
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 9789381626115

To begin with I would like to say that I had high hopes out of this book. Why? I liked the cover of the book and the summary seemed interesting but that was about it.

The story is about Kay (Kanan Mehra). She is a housewife who loves to interfere in people's business. A murder takes place in her neighborhood and she, along with the help of Detective Runa, tries to solve the case. That's about it. Really.

Although I wouldn't deny there are a few light moments in this story, the overall book wasn't fascinating enough. This is not a book to read when you want a simple, if not hardcore, murder investigation that will race your mind and move you to the edge of your seat. The characters and circumstances created by the author are sloppy at times and as one can judge by the cover of the book (that being allowed for this particular case here), there is too much talk about weight issues, fashion, kitty parties etc. There is no thrill a detective story needs to have.

Well, it is not a bad story but could have been plotted better. Ho Hum.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Clifton Chronicles' Next Installment

Buy Be Careful What You Wish For: Book

'Be Careful What You Wish For' by Jeffrey Archer is the next book in the Clifton Chronicles series. It is due for its release mid March 2014 and is up for pre order on Flipkart for a discounted price of Rs. 299.

Take One Arranged Marriage

Rating: 3.5/5

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Title: Take One Arranged Marriage
Author: Shoma Narayanan
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 192
Publisher: Mills & Boon
ISBN-13: 9789351060536

The best part about Mills and Boon is that no matter how many times I read similar stories of romancing handsome hunks, there is always an excitement that does not permit me to just put the book down. On the contrary, I managed (I say managed because of my obligatory baby breaks that I had to take) to finish the book in half a day flat. The worst part? Well, the books always finish too soon!

This story here is about Tara Sundaram, a south Indian girl whose parents are looking out for a suitable boy for her to marry. Enter Vikram Krishnan. The typical Mills and Boons hero who is tall, well built, and needless to say, ridiculously handsome. Although Tara is instantly attracted to Vikram she settles for an arrangement to marry him and move to Bangalore so that she could pursue her PhD there. And Vikram needs a wife to accomadate his social status.They get married and she attempts to know him better. But as loving as Vikram is, he seems aloof and immersed in his work much to Tara's dismay. Was this arranged marriage a smart move after all? I leave it to the readers to find out.

Nicely written by Shoma Narayanan, the story is simple but powerful. The characters, their behavior and circumstances are easier to relate to, everything being Indian. Definitely worth your time.

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