The web of karma – Anurag Shrivastava

Blurb

This is the era of Jungle-Raaj in Bihar – the dark age of increasing anarchy and lawlessness in the state.
Control over law and order has long since passed from the hands of the administration to caste-based gangs and organized crime syndicates enjoying political patronage. Kidnapping has become one of the flourishing businesses of the state, while every other industry has dwindled down and the development plank has gone on a pause mode, on account of Rangdari, which is yet another booming business apart from contract killing, smuggling, illegal tree cutting, and vehicle snatching. Migration to other states is at peak: not only of big businessmen, but also of lowly laborers. And those who can’t leave the state are either sucked into the crime world or are forced to live under fear. Albeit the local newspapers everyday sketch the sordid saga of the state, the execrable condition is not likely to improve by any means in the near future.

Digambar Babu, a middle-aged man of a small town Motihari (the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagrah), is dejected and dismayed for his family falling apart, and so sets himself on a mission to make amends for the mistakes he has done in the past. Shakuntala Devi, his wife, infuriated at herself for having devoted her whole life selflessly and arduously for her ungrateful family, wants to make up for the injustice she has done to herself, by living the rest of her life selfishly. Sarvesh, their asthmatic son, whose first marriage perished about a decade ago, is still struggling with both his career and his married life, and Nisha, their daughter, is married to someone whom she thinks she will never be able to love. The biggest threat to the already troubled family is Nisha’s ex-lover Kanhaiya Tiwari, who is the youngest corporator of the town, and has sworn to ruin the family.
Shyam, Nisha’s husband, who is ‘the absorber of the emotions’, in keeping with his fluidity, writhes in pain but transforms time and again, in order to win his wife’s heart, while Savita, Sarvesh’s current wife, colludes with Kanhaiya Tiwari in his evil intent, in order to have all the strings of the family in her hands. Benighted in Sodom, they weave their web of Karma, and fabricate their fates, but the biggest sufferer in the ruthless game of dominance and survival are the innocent children of the family.

The story tries to draw parallels between Digambar Babu’s disarrayed family and the disordered town.

The novel is inspired from the real events happened in the town during 90’s era of jungle-raaj.

 

Review

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Starting off with the cover i personally loved it alot depicts the flow of universe within one and around. The title is also apt and goes along well with the book. The book is set in old times and bihar. The way it has been written is really beautiful. Characterization of the characters is really good.

The book takes you a bit to the old times and forms an imagery and takes you along to a journey.

Overall 4/5.

Blahman and The Attack Of The Wicked Zombies by Srijan Kabra

Blahman and The Attack Of  The Wicked Zombies by [Srijan Kabra]

 

BLURB

The Attack of the Wicked Zombies is about two best friends named Aven and Steven. In this book, these friends mess with a mosquito during their sports practice in school, which leads to a page-turning twist. On the other side, there is a mysterious person who is converting normal people in zombies, one by one. These friends are committed to find and destroy this mysterious person and hopefully, stop the zombie apocalypse by using a secret weapon.
What happens after they mess with the mosquito? What is their secret weapon, and how to use it? Will they be able to save the world?
Well, this is up to the reader to ahead and find out…of course, the answers are in the book.

 

REVIEW

Firstly a tremendous job done by srijan. Cannot believe how beautiful his work is.
The book is an imaginary SciFi story consisting of zombies and how blahman erases them away. It’s a short read but filled with so much. Plot twists and easy words to understand. This book has so many colourful drawings which really adds in to the whole effect during reading. One thing i felt during reading the book is a high energy flow all the time. The cover and title are also very intresting. I loved reading the book. Hope srijan keeps writing more of this series. The book totally gives you off the wimpy kid feeling. I really loved how there were questions and how to draw sections which makes the book all the more close and intuitive. Characterization has been done really well.

overall 4/5.

 

Magnus Hooper: A Contentious Inheritance by Ananya Rajaraman

 

 

Magnus Hooper: A Contentious Inheritance by [Ananya Rajaraman]

 

BLURB

A letter bearing the wrong date appears on the door step of Mr. Warner. A day later, the writer of the letter is murdered. Mr. Warner believes there is an underlying meaning to the letter, and that he had a premonition of an ominous happening. While the suspects are few, possibilities are many. When an innocent man is sent to jail, Magnus Hooper, a criminal detective, vows to bring the perpetrator to justice. The web of crime with its intricate knots proves to be a challenge at each step. For Magnus, this proves to be an intriguing game and a precarious gamble.

 

REVIEW

Magnus hooper is a detective who solves around many criminal cases, the book will surely remind you a bit about Sherlock Holmes at the least. The book is a little lengthy read but worth it. it is really interesting to see how it is written by a teenager who is managing both her studies and as well as writing this amazing book. the efforts by the author can really be seen really well. The vocabulary is easy to understand. The thriller is alright to read but the attempt is really beautiful to see. The cover gives you a very mystical vibe as well as the title one might think of it as a sci-fi. The plot is alright. The characterization is fine as well. Cannot wait what the little magician has more to offer.

overall 4/5.

Yes Sir I Killed My Dad!: A Sons Grief Kindle Edition by Anuj Tikku

Yes Sir I Killed My Dad!: A Sons Grief by [Tikku, Anuj]

 

BLURB

The book is the story of the victim as he witnesses the unfolding drama of his Father’s Murder and the Mayhem unleashed by a bloodthirsty criminal Vijay Palande. The terror unleashed by his gang and the subsequent murder spree that rocked Mumbai during April 2012 are documented in this book as witnessed by the soul survivor. This is the stray of a grieving son groping in the dark for answers and trying to make sense of the tragedy that befell on him.

 

REVIEW

The cover of the book is not that great i feel it could have been much much better. The title is also scary and straight to the topic of the book. The book starts from episodes of Arjun’s life in Mumbai and how his father became a part of these crimes happening around and how it all broke him.
The words are simple and easy to understand. The plot is simple and not really very tough. The pace of the book varies at times. The characterization was alright as well. The book does involve in bringing alot of thrill to the reader.

A simple story with thrill wrapped in two stories across. Overall an alright read.

3.5/5

Small is big – Volume 3 – Rafaa Dalvi

 

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

After the success of two volumes of Small is BigRafaa Dalvi is back with Small is Big – Volume 3, a final collection of 100 more micro tales that will provide you a rich experience and the best part is that there’s a story for everyone, including YOU!

If you enjoy reading slice of life tales, this micro tale is for you-
“Cheer up. You’re thirteen now. I was eight when I got married. You’ll never look this beautiful ever again.”
“I will Ammi, when I wear a school uniform.”

If you like thrillers, this micro tale is for you-
I always assumed that my neighbour’s daughter knew the word ‘Eight’ only until my dog went missing and she said ‘Nine’.

And if you like six-word stories, this tale is for you-
Woke up in hospital. Failed again.

In fact, there are 100 such small tales that will have a big impact on you.
So what are you waiting for? Scroll to the top of this page, buy the book and start reading today.

 

 

 

REVIEW

The book is an amazing small read which will take you through a ride of emotions. Rafaa does magic with his tales beautifully always hitting the right spot/ sometimes it can also be funny or is always open to different interpretations that really gives a nice ending to every tale. Most of the tales in this book felt like it was based on couples and on betrayal and jealousy.
The book is always a bliss to read and think in the directions we don’t really do.

 

 

SREEDEVI TALKIES – SHAJI KARUNAKARAN

 

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Indulging innocently in primeval adultery and consummate sensuality, the rustic population of Kotta, sandwiched between ancient hills and enchanting backwaters, perpetually trapped in the cinematic illusions of Sreedevi Talkies; their transition to modernity was replete with disillusionments and disasters. In a saga replete with archetypal and mythical lore from Ulysses, Tiresias, Jesus Christ, Ancient Mariner and Kerala’s historical tryst with Communism — the novel is a lyrical journey into borderless territories of the unconscious, when ghosts let out by the Talkies endlessly ensnare the rustics on the slippery paths between reality and fantasy

The name is really rustic and gives a feel of nostalgia about sreedevi. The cover feels like a movie poster from the early 90’s. The story is about various people from Kota. The language is a bit tough you might have to use the dictionary every once in a while. Where as the book is also a long read but definitely worth the time. The characterization by the author is really on point as well. It’s a book holding on so many thoughts and perspectives.

WRITINGS ON A WALL – BERNARD D’SA

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REVIEW :

It is a light read on poems ranging on various topics from God to life, war and feelings. Alot of poems are on depression as well. All the poems are put up on black and white themed pictures which really give the whole book a different aesthetic appeal. The poems are simple and easy to understand.

One poem stayed with me which goes about like all the dreams and now are gone by the dawn.

It is a short read and helps you channelize or connect to the thoughts of the author well too.

The cover is a wall from Prague. Loved the combination of Pictures and poems. Wish all of them had one alignment so that readers didn’t have to turn the phone or something but then I guess that’s the fun which is included.