Dipy Singh Private Detective by Ketan Joshi

279220_origI received the book Dipy Singh Private Detective by Ketan Joshi as a review copy from the author. This book comprises of 6 cases solved by Dipy Singh. All the stories have been written in first person as a conversation between the author and Dipy Singh.

The blurb:

Dipy Singh is a private detective in India who handles the strangest cases, and discusses them with me over our favourite food – tandoori chicken and cold beer.

We have worked together – (well, he worked, but we were together…at times) on many more interesting cases – tantric curses, hypnotic godmen, uncatchable thieves etc. He faces the most unusual of cases with complete cool and calm.

Not a Sherlock, but a Sher-da-baccha – the greatest ‘desi’ detective ever written.

Very funny, very Indian and very unique – this collection will leave you wanting more and more of Dipy.

The detective:

Dipy Singh, or Deepinder Singh Gehlot is a self-employed, private detective. And he is good at it too. He is a normal looking person, a clean shaven Sikh of medium height and built with a slightly receding hairline, reasonably fit, nothing extraordinary. He loves beer and tandoori chicken.  He meets the author in a bar, when the author is between jobs, they are chatting and the discussion turns to his line of work. He then recalls his cases.

My take:

The cases are interesting and this kept me glued to the book. The language is simple and the author’s style of writing them as a part of his conversation with Dipy Singh is a nice idea. I read one story at a time and enjoyed them all. And the best part of the book is that I can give it to my kids to read, and also to my parents as I know it is a book meant for all age groups.

Personally for me, I loved the case of the fat man.

Book Source: Author

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Cover Reaval: Coke by Barun Chanda

“Can you help me, please?”
Pradipta wheeled around.
Standing behind was an unusually attractive lady. She wore a dark blue, chiffon saree which set off her fair complexion even more. Other than a thin gold chain with a tear-drop pearl pendant on her neck, she wore no jewelery. Her lips were pale pink, with no lipstick. Only the dark make-up on her eyes made her look even more unfathomable.
“You’re talking to me?”
Thus begins Coke, with this chance encounter at Kathmandu airport. But the plot thickens when the lady requests him to include her suitcase as part of his checked in baggage and then does a vanishing act, once the aircraft lands in Calcutta. What follows is a riveting page-turner, replete with unexpected twists as you encounter gangs warring over narcotics, policemen, functionaries, and a sinister master-mind who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The furiously paced narrative takes you from the sleepy airport of Kathmandu to the packed streets of Calcutta, a mysterious mansion on the outskirts of town and an unforgettable chase-sequence through New Market.
From the author of the acclaimed Bengali novels ‘Kidnap’, ‘Shaaper Jhaanpi’ and ‘Robibar’ comes a high-octane thriller that’s seriously addictive and keeps you hooked till the end.

About the Author:

In so far as the pursuit of any true vocation is a life in itself, Barun Chanda – advertising guru, actor and writer, may be said to have had three. Born in Dhaka, he did his Masters in English at Jadavpur University. Following a brief stint as a lecturer in English, he embarked upon a career in the creative department of advertising that spanned more than 30 years, won him numerous awards and culminated in his tenure as Creative Director at Clarion McCann.

Acting occupies the second of his three worlds. In 1971, he scorched the big screen as a high-flying executive, playing the protagonist in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Seemabaddha’, and winning a special President of India Award for his performance. After a hiatus that lasted over two decades, he returned to the screen during the 90’s, and has since then acted in numerous TV series and more than 35 movies. Tackling Bollywood and Tollywood roles with equal aplomb, he has distinguished himself in films such as Lootera, Roy, Chotushkone, Aborto, MIshor Rohoshyo, Nayanchampa-r Dinraatri , Bela Sheshe and Jogajog. Chorabaali, where where once again he plays the protagonist, is his latest venture.
Barun’s third passion is writing. A regular film reviewer and contributor of articles to major dailies, in the last eight years he has published four highly acclaimed and successful novels in Bengali. His work has played a major role in establishing the adult thriller genre in Bengali literature.
Coke is his first novel in English.

Spotlight: First Brush on the Canvas

About the Book:
Graham, Daniel, their friendship, life and death.
Vampires, guardians’ adventures at night. Coffee, love and a new couple. Imli and her mother in a complex web of darkness. A small town girl confused about virginity. Michael Jaikishen and his writing endeavours. Child adoption by a gay couple. Mahabharat – a modern tale in an epic form. The spine-chilling tale of Tina and Uncle Joe. A juicy love story by our guest author Sujata Parashar. These and many other unputdownable stories in this book.


First Brush on the Canvas is an anthology comprising selected stories from Melonade (2014), a nationwide writing marathon organized by Writersmelon.com.


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Melonade Authors’ Intro:
 
Uttiya Roy – Nourished with Bangla literature, he aspires to change the world someday writing in English. His days pass blending Life Science textbooks with poetry. 
Upasana Bhattacharjee – We catch ‘em as young as they get! Our youngest writer is still a student, but that doesn’t reflect in the matured story she’s written dealing with inconclusive logics and paradoxes. 
Stuti Chandra – She writes because she’s alive. This lovely lady is from Patna and has dipped her nose in English Literature at Delhi. 
Shaily Bhargava – A photographer, a logophile and an Equity Technical Analyst – all in one. She reads and writes in Noida, accompanied by beautiful clicks through her lens and lots of Coffee. 
Arunav Chowdhury – Have you met this Proletariat Axomiya before? He’s a movie buff and a news junkie rolled into one, who writes wonderful modern takes on the age old Mahabharat. 
Rafaa Dalvi – A Mumbaikar, an engineer, a blogger and a prolific writer. He’s already made his presence in three anthologies and likes to experiment with different genre. 
Diptee Raut – A quilter, a blogger, a quirky mom, an amazing writer and our co-winner of Melonade’4. She’s one bundle of positive energy who can spin stories and weave quilts simultaneously. 
Abhishek Mukherjee – Have you read his blog posts yet? Though he likes to believe he’s only a Cricket Historian, you have to read his humorous takes on Mythology to believe he’s the best. 
Anwesha Ray – An amazingly sensitive writer, she lives and works in Bangalore with her family. 
Avishek Basu Mallick – He’s the winner of Melonade’4. If you wish to laud him for more, he’s an engineer and an MBA, working in Bangalore and a featured writer on Sportskeeda.
Arijit Ghose – Blend Carnatic music with exceptional satire and the result is Arijit Ghose. Cheeky, expressive and vocal – we hope he becomes a great writer someday. 
Amit Nangia – For those working in MNCs for years, he’s your inspiration. Amit’s first novel has just released after facing many rejections but that didn’t deter him from writing. Climbing the rocks, gliding in a parachute, bungee jumping or making cocktails; nothing could elevate his spirits as much as writing did.
Tnahsin Garg – Tnahsin often exercises his freedom by convincing other folks that ‘free will’ does not exist. His first novel ‘The Prophecy of Trivine’ is a science-fiction based in India.
Sujata Parashar – Author of the immensely popular ‘In Pursuit Of’ trilogy, and a wonderful poet. She contributes articles to various websites and magazines, and is a social activist. She’s a guest author in the book. 

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

There are some books which make you laugh and some books which make you cry. And yet there are some which leave a mark that you remember them for a long long time. the-bollywood-bride is her second book and is the story of Ria Parkar, Bollywood’s favourite Ice Princess and Vikram Jathar, her childhood friend, her love, her betrayal and the deep bond they shared.

I would like to thank Netgalley for a review copy.

The Blurb (from Amazon.com):

Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite Ice Princess–beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof–until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love–until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit–and a chance to stop acting and start living.

Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

The story:

Ria Parkar was only eight when her father sent her to a boarding school in Panchgani from Pune and from there to Chicago in summer vacations, to live with her aunt. In school, she is known as ‘the girl who came from insanity’ and feels that for her Baba, she is ‘the girl he wished they hadn’t made’. She meets Nikhil, her cousin and they become very close. Vikram is Nikhil’s cousin and the three of them have many childhood escapades together. Her life in her aunt’s house is happy. Then, she and Vikram fall in love, a secret only Nikhil knows, and are forced by circumstances to stay apart. Then, she is eighteen and he, twenty one. She moves back to Mumbai to keep her promise to her dying father. She has kept her life in Mumbai hidden from her relatives in Chicago but talks to her aunt almost every other day.

Now, ten years later, she is Bollywood’s favorite Ice Princess–beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof. One day, in an unguarded moment, a paparazzi notices her standing on the ledge and threatens to expose her. And at the same moment, she receives a call from Nikhil inviting her to his wedding and she travels to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding and also to escape from the threatened scandal. But, she is scared to come face to face with Vikram Jathar, the one she loved and left.

My take:

I loved the story a lot especially, the way the characters have been developed. They are lifelike and I had no trouble at all in visualizing them. I remained in the plot of the story for days after I finished the book. The book has all the ingredients, romance, betrayal, suspense, sibling love, relationships, and everything that we come across in day to day life. The relationships between the characters have been wonderfully depicted. I don’t remember crying so much while reading a book or even for that matter while watching a movie as I did with this one. As I sit to write a review, Ria’s childhood brings tears to my eyes once again.

The plot is simple and has been portrayed beautifully by the author. The language is simple and the flow is good, though it takes about 50 pages to get a hang of the book and then it is unputdownable.

A must read.

Pradyumna: Son of Krishna by Usha Narayanan

I received Pradyumna – Son of Krishna by Usha Narayanan3c709-pradyumna as a review copy from the author and the publisher and would like to thank them both for the same. I just knew that Pradyumna was the Son of Krishna and was unaware of the details as Mahabharata has not much mention about him and reading this book made me know a lot about Pradyumna and his family.

The Blurb:

‘I see a dark future that makes me quake,’ Devarishi Narada said. ‘One of these newborns will ravage the world and erase the name of Krishna from the face of the earth.’
As the world trembles on the threshold of Kali Yuga—4,32,000 years of unprecedented evil—it waits for a saviour to rise.

Meanwhile, in the dark netherland of the asuras, the meek Vama shudders as he learns that he is actually Pradyumna, the son of Krishna. And that his journey has just begun.
From the asura kingdom to Dwaraka and then Kurukshetra, destiny forces him to battle monsters, angry gods and blazing weapons, and overpower his own weaknesses. Will he be able to rise to the challenge in time to save the world? Or is he the destroyer prophesied by Narada?

Pradyumna is the gripping saga of the rise of this mighty, swashbuckling hero whom all of humanity awaits.

The story:

Vama is the son of Emperor Kaalasura and Mayavati of the Asura kingdom. He is a weakling, who prefers the company of beautiful women, his mother’s attendants, and playing the flute to learning archery from his guru. The book starts with Vama enjoying in the company of an attendant when his jealous mother, Mayavati, barges into his room and the demons start to torment the girl and Vama till his mother intervenes. In a parallel story, in Dwaraka, two Yaduvanshi princes are born to the two wives of Lord Krishna, Pradyumna and Samba. Narada sees disaster and then suddenly, at night, Pradyumna disappears.

Circumstances reveal that Vama is not the son of Kaalasura and Mayavati but an orphan and Vama is thrown out of the kingdom. Mayavati follows him and tells him that he is Kama and she is his wife Rati. She also tells him that he is Pradyumna, the son of Krishna and Rukmini, destined to slay Kaalasura and Vama becomes Pradyumna, the warrior, who takes on Kaalasura’s sons and their Asura armies.

He then moves to Dwarka with his wife and is received with a lot of pomp and show. But happiness always has some sour points. Jambawati, Krishna’s other queen and her son, Samba are jealous of the attention being showered on Pradyumna and also feel threatened by his presence. Samba feels his right to the throne being threatened by Pradyumna.

The story then moves on to Pradyumna’s wedding to Rukmavati, the birth of his son Aniruddha, his weddings, and so on and so forth interspersed with various wars all along.

My take:

The author deserves full credit for the research work that had gone into the book. The glossary at the end of the book is very helpful. The language is simple and easily understandable and the chapters are short letting the readers absorb the story in detail. The scenes have been described so well that I could almost visualize them. Initially, it took me a bit of time for the reader to get a feel of the story and once that sets in, the book cannot be kept down. I desperately wanted to know what happens next. The language is simple and the flow is good. There are many characters in the story, like a multi-starrer but this does not confuse the reader.

I loved the part when Pradyumna is warring, losing his men and suddenly, everything comes to a standstill, Gods come down to bless him and give him weapons.

As I was reading the book, I felt the relationship between Pradyumna and his newly found parents could have been given some more importance. Overall, an interesting book.

Highly recommended for the lovers of mythology.

Book Source: The author

Publisher: Penguin Metroreads

The Second Coming by Shubha Menon

71Tr0uVqlJLI received the book ‘The Second Coming’ by Shubha Menon as a part of the blog tour conducted by The Book Club and would like to thank Rubina of TBC and the author for the signed review copy of the book. The book is about Mrinalini Mehta, Mini, a wedding planner in Delhi, who believes in fairy tale weddings.

The blurb:

A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.

An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.

Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.

Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.

But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.

The story:

Mrinalini Mehta, Mini, works in the creative section since five years for Soul Mates, a wedding planner agency, which plans dream weddings in Delhi. She is in her 40s and believes in fairy tale weddings. She is not fat but looks so cuddly and mommy-like. Books are her first love, food is a close second. She wants to lose weight and finds chocolate to be her favourite de-stresser.  Married to Shyam for eighteen years, she finds him boring and secretly calls him ‘Sicko Shyam’. She firmly believes that one of these days, her knight in shining armour, her Dream Lover, DL, would arrive and sweep off with her.

Her boss, a typical businessman, Mr Mahatta wants her to go to the Mumbai office and take over the proceedings of a no-expenses asked wedding. She refuses first, but when she is told by her gynaecologist about her menopause being round the corner, she finally agrees to it.

On reaching Mumbai, she is received by Rustom, the boss of the Mumbai office, with a bouquet of roses, something that makes her feel important, and she starts having a crush on him. She joins the gym and goes for a makeover, so that she can charm Rustom. Rustom is also attracted to her but foe all the selfish reasons.

Finally, finally, it is Sicko Shyam, whom she depends on everything, who comes to her rescue.

My take:

If there is one word to describe the book, it is HILARIOUS.IMG_20150924_120303

The book has been written from Mini’s perspective and is funny from the word go. The language is simple and the scenes have been described in such a way that visualizing them is so easy and once they came in front of my eyes, I could not help laughing, irrespective of where I was sitting.

For a debut, it is an excellent book.

Book Source: The author and The Book Club Group

Publisher: Harper Collins

Spotlight: The Second Coming by Shubha Menon

The Second Coming
by 
Shubha Menon
 
The Blurb

A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she assuages with chocolate. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.
An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by impending menopause, Mini decides it’s now or never. She simply has to take a second stab at romance.
Rustom is a ladies man. He is also married, and a skirt chaser. Mini decides to shape up and get into the kind of skirts Rustom would want to chase.
Working together closely, Rustom and Mini fall into each others’ arms. Meanwhile, her husband gets wind of the affair and tries to reclaim her. Now Mini must choose between heady romance and steady matrimony.
But soon, Mini discovers that her romantic idol has feet of clay. In a dramatic end, the trusty husband stages a timely rescue. And Mini learns that a rock solid husband is worth many a dream lover.
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Meet the Author


This is her first book. She is currently working as a Senior Creative Director with Ogilvy Delhi. A practising Buddhist, she dreams of living in the hills where she can read, write and grow climbing roses. She lives in Delhi with her husband, daughter and two Dachshunds.
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