New Launches

Mumtaz and Taj Mahal – Review

January 7, 2019 • By

Many authors are trying their hands on historical fiction these days. We quite well know a few of them as the leaders in Indian fiction industry – Amish and Ashwin the leader ones. Moreover, inspired by these or otherwise, there are many others who have begun trying their luck in producing historical fiction and one among the newcomers is Pravin Anand, a serving BDO from Kanpur, who is the author of three novels by now. The last one, Mumtaz and Taj Mahal, is based on historical evidence of the love between Mumtaz and Shah Jahan, the love that culminated in the form of Taj Mahal. Pravin has tried to explore this love with a fanciful idea – introducing new devices of writing such as dreams and visions. As a reader, I quite liked the idea and also enjoyed reading his novel. Here is my review of the same.

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Bestsellers

Far from the Madding Crowd – Review

January 2, 2019 • By

Thomas Hardy has always been the otherwise favourite of many readers who begin to read him. For the absolute beginners as well as for those who have been reading him for a while, Hardy’s aura is his art of weaving his stories from the ordinary lives of ordinary people and making it connect with the world in such a way that readers think the stories to be theirs rather than of the characters who are characterised in the novel. How many of you (the readers) have read Far from the Madding Crowd by him? A stunning novel which depicts fancy as well as truth – what we desire is not always granted and what we are granted cannot always be our desire. There is one Oak and one Bathsheba Everdene. There are others – Boldwood and Troy. And we are made to sympathise with Oak… there’s the art of Thomas Hardy – arousing pity.

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Novels

Elephants in the Room – Review

December 15, 2018 • By

Elephants in the Room is a novel written by Suraj Laxminarayanan. The debut novel by Bangalore-based novelist has drawn appreciation as well as criticism for its qualities and details. The very basic things about this novel which can be said without possible disagreements are: the novel is a crime fiction or a crime-thriller fiction; the novel is lengthy and almost a single act piece of fiction; the novel exhibits very unique and special characters with very special names; the novel has a convincing (as author tries to make it one) plot and a thought-theme. Once these basic facts are understood, we can get back deeper into the content and then an analysis of the novel.

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Novels

Jestus by V S Sury

December 10, 2018 • By

Jestus is uncertain; Jestus is unconventional; Jestus is the morality monarch; Jestus is highly immoral; Jestus is humorous; Jestus is dry; Jestus is a scholar; Jestus is a fool… V S Sury’s character, as well as his debut novel, Jestus is a highly contagious abstract that keeps the readers at an edge, most of the times. The attitude in this unearthed person is very high and so is his level of mental abilities. The novel, in simple understanding, is a novel that’s based on humour, sarcasm and an otherwise philosophy of life. It is for the readers who take interest in things which are not so easily accessible in other mainstream novels – irregular experiments with the plot and narrative.

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Nonfiction

Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia – Review

December 7, 2018 • By

Lal Bhatia’s debut work, work with a purpose – Indicting Goliath, is a non-fictional autobiography (not complete) by him. Published in the year 2018, the book has got great attention from the readers within as well as outside India. Indicting Goliath is about ‘uncovering’ the seamy truths that the USA doesn’t want to be uncovered. Lal Bhatia, the protagonist of the story, was imprisoned in the USA for the reasons of money laundering and doing wrongs with the funds of a company that he was supposed to handle. However, according to Mr Bhatia himself, he was trapped by a certain Mr Wig and then trialled and persecuted unfairly by the authorities and unjustly denied justice by the Department of Justice, USA. So, the work is about demanding justice and throwing hard facts on the face of the USA.

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