A new dawn by Meera Srikant

A new dawn by Meera Srikant

A New Dawn by Meera Srikant is the story of Anuradha Thakur, set in New Delhi.

Anuradha works is a part of the editorial team of ‘Industry Matters’ magazine, a print magazine for thirty years run by Mr Arya, who sold a stake to a venture fund to expand it inot an online business. She had joined the magazine as a reporter four years ago. She lives with her hypochondriac mother who is dependent on her for everything and clings to her.

Mr Arya sacks her boss, Ganesh, whom she adores and many other people in the magazine and takes over, who is rude, treating her as his typist and secretary.

Also there is Chintan Arya, who has no interest in his father’s business but is elping his father.

The book was nice, a light read, though I thought that the end could have been less complicated.

I don’t know, how Anuradha became Anushka, a printing mistake or if Chintan changed her name?

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Pageturn

Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad

Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad

When I received an email from the readerscosmos saying that that they have the book “Baramulla Bomber” by Clark Prasad up for review and would I be interested, I went on and read the blurb, which excited me. Though I am not into Sci-fi books, but I thought, let me give it a shot, and I replied to them saying that yes, I would like to review the book. I would like to thank Nimi Vashi (of http://thereaderscosmos.blogspot.in/) for the book.

The Blurb:
An Ancient Weapon from the Vedas & Bible
Once Hunted by the Nazis
Powered by the Sound of the Universe
Reborn with the Help of Quantum Physics
Going to be Unleashed onto the World
& Kashmir Holds it’s Secret

The only way
Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god-fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Aahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, who vanished after a mysterious earthquake strikes Shaksgam Valley. Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam Valley incident is Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold, whose only relationship to god consists of escorting his girlfriend to Church.
To save the world
A dual China-Pakistan battlefront scenario facing the Indian Home Minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestors carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis.
Is to challenge one’s faith
Which Biblical Weapon was Tested in Shaksgam Valley? Why is Mansur Haider Important? Is There a Solution to the Kashmir Crisis? Can Destiny be Controlled? Does a Cosmic Religion Exist?

Before the book begins, there is a warning followed by a request, followed by a quote from Albert Einstein.

‘There are images and illustrations in this book. In order to avoid plot spoilers please do not flip through the pages or read mid sections.’
‘Reviewers are requested not to give away the details of the plot in blogs, social media sites or other media channels which may act as plot-spoilers for others.

Keeping in mind the warning and the request, the review:
The main characters mentioned in the book are a group of royal descendants, Cho Skyong; Abhimanyu Kashyap, a survivor of the blast which involved Cho Skyong; Mansur Haider, a cricket lover from Kashmir; Samir Ansari’s Mansur’s childhood friend; Ahana Yajurvedi, his girlfriend; Adolf Silfverskiold, he Swedish intelligence officer; Agastya Harshvardhan Rathore. India’s Home Minister to name a few.

The English is simple and easy to understand. The pace is slow initially; it takes a lot of time to get a feel of the characters. The plot is wonderful and the author has researched a lot to get to this plot and made it look realistic. Once I got involved with the book, I just could not keep it down. The book revolves around cricket, mythology, politics, religion, terrorism, technology and quantum physics as the cover says. A part of the Svastik Trilogy, it will be relished more by the Scifi thriller lovers.

Though, the author has mentioned the place at the beginning of the chapter, he has maintained the time as IST everywhere. The maps were very informative as to where what was going on. The plot is based in India and Sweden and the story is spread across India, Sweden, Pakistan, USA, China and Norway.

An excellent debut work by the author.

Book Source: The Readers Cosmos Book Review Program
Publisher: Niyogi Books

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The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy

IMG_20131203_124319the one you cannot have by Preeti Shenoy

I was glad when I received a signed copy of Preeti Shenoy’s The One You Cannot Have, which I had preordered from uRead.com. I could not wait to start it, but at the same time, I was waiting for the weekend to begin so that I could read late into the night, without the stress of getting up early next morning for the kids’ school bus. But, being sleep starved, I took longer than expected to finish the book.

The blurb:
How long does it take to heal a broken heart? Can you ever forget that one perfect relationship you had?
Anjali knows who she wants, she wants Aman. Aman too knows who he wants, he wants Shruti.
Shruti and Aman were once inseparable. Theirs was a love that would last forever and more. Then, out of the blue, Shruti left Aman. A devastated Aman moved abroad in the hope of forgetting Shruti and to heal. Shruti married Rishabh.
Now Aman is back in India and looking for a fresh start. But he is still haunted by memories of his love. Can he ever break free from it? His head tells him to move on, to find love with Anjali, but his heart won’t listen. No matter what he does, Shruti’s shadow looms large. Can there be a happily-ever-after for any of them?
A straight-from-the-heart modern-day romance of unrequited love, of complicated relationships and about moving on when you realise that there will always be the one you cannot have.

The story:
6 years ago, Aman Mathur and Shruti Srinivasan, from two different colleges in Bangalore, meet at a college festival and are inseparable since. Four years later, Shruti breaks up suddenly, marries Rishab Prasad and Aman gets transferred to the UK. Now, Aman is relocating to Bangalore after a stint in the UK for two years.

Aman is articulate, well mannered, polite, has a great sense of humour, a good conversationalist and a good listener. He has been brought up by his gardening lover mother in Gwalior and had moved to Bangalore for higher studies. Vikram is his boss, mentor and pillar of strength. He lives in Bangalore with his wife, and two two daughters, Ria and Reema.

Shruti works and lives in Mumbai after marriage. She is postponing having children though her husband, parents and inlaws want them. Asha is her friend and colleague.

Anjali Prabhu, a journalist, works for a magazine, Tiara and her parents live in Muscat. Her mother writes for the Indian community Magazine there. She is perceptive and sympathetic. Jeena Kapoor, chief editor of Tiara makes her work on deadlines. Whenever she is stuck in an article, she emails Sriram, Latika and Aman for their opinion.

Sriram Surve and Latika Nair are Anjali’s lifelines. They have been together since class six when they studied in a hostel in Bangalore. Sriram is a part of an amateur theatre group and rescues her from bad dates and she confides in both of them.

The review:

She has described the characters very well that they seem very realistic. Aman Mathur’s qualities are everything that the doctor ordered and all that a girl would want in a guy. Using the typed style of writing to portray the emails, letters, text messages and Anjali’s articles, is a very unique idea.

She has written the book in first person, from the point of view of the three main characters. I found it interesting that she would start the chapter with the name of the character whose point of view she wants to take. When one chapter ended at a climax, I had to read the next chapter to find what happened next. It is a book which cannot be kept down till it is over.

In one paragraph, on page 218-219, she has beautifully portrayed the three things that give Indian parents joy.

The best work of fiction, so far, by Preetii Shenoy.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Westland

My friend Sanch by Amit Varma

My friend Sanch by Amit Varma

My Friend Sancho, the first novel by Amit Varma, is about a crime reporter working for a tabloid. The story is set in Mumbai.

Abir Ganguly works for a tabloid and is present when a person is mistakenly killed by the local police. To make matters worse, his boss asks him to cover the story. For this, he has to meet Muneeza, the victim’s daughter. He falls in love with Muneeza and a gecko on his wall gets jealous.

The book has been well written and kept me glued till the end. I loved the printing style.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Hachette

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies, the first book written by Jhumpa Lahiri, is a collection of nine short stories.

All the stories are very deep and take a lot of time to understand. They end suddenly and leave you wanting for more. Some are sad. She has written them well and it is very easy to relate to them. The flow is very good and the characters are well developed.

I liked the book and feel if read at leisure the stories would be better understood.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Harper Collins

The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur

The Inscrutable Americans by Anurag Mathur is the story of Gopal Kumar, from a small town Jajau in Madhya Pradesh, who goes to the USA for his higher studies. He belongs to a rich family who has been in the Hair Oil business for generations and plans to pursue a Diploma in Chemical Engineering to carry forward his family business of hair oil. When he reaches New York, two Indians, Sunil and Sushant, receive him at the airport and he stays with them for one night before going to Eversville, where he will study in the university.

The books talks about his observations, comparisons, experiences in the United States, the problems he faces because of language and cultural differences and the temptations he succumbs to. His letters to his ‘Beloved Younger Brother’ are funny to say the least.

I liked the book, maybe, because, I could relate to the nineties when the US Dollar was worth thirteen rupees and Coke was not available in India.

Book Source: Gifted
Publisher: Rupa

Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana of Indian Recipes

Sanjeev Kapoor's Khazana of Indian Recipes

I had bought Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana of Indian recipes way back in 2001 at the then Calcutta Airport. I have tried a number of recipes over the years but it was just this weekend that I actually sat down and went through the entire book. I realized that I have made almost everything from the book. Being written when recipes were not so easily accessible over the internet, I still feel it is a must have in every home that cooks Indian cuisine. Don’t mess with the ingredients and follow the instructions to the ‘T” ie if the book says ½” piece of ginger, then that’s it. My sister who got it as a wedding gift fifteen years ago, still swears by it.

Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Popular Prakashan