The Surrogate Lies – by Shantanu Munshi

 

 

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A dysfunctional writer, a hyperbole consultant, a Bollywood smitten driver and an over the top mysterious foreign man. They are strangers on an adventure and strange is their adventure. Their escapades are as serendipitous as life on earth yet their lives are as normal as a morning tea. Still you will laugh, cry, sympathise with them en route to their and yours redemption from the mundane life. Read as they dodge the bullets of their fear, their insecurities and their failures. They are waiting for you to board the rusted and trusted 4*4 and enjoy the smooth rollercoaster. So all aboard? Get started and turn the first page of this special journey of this nondescript motley of strangers.

 

REVIEW –

The title is different and interesting. The cover is really simple which could have been better. The book is divided into three sections of the trip. The plot is based on four different personality people travelling. Alot can be learnt from this story. The story is humour filled. The four main characters are – A Writer , Paul ; a Driver , Raj ; a Stranger , Hazare and a Mysterious foreigner -Ben. The book will take you on a humpur ride. The story does not lead you down at all. The story keeps flowing.It keeps you hooked at all times. The story is something different and rejuvenating. If you are looking for something unique one should definitely read this book. You will enjoy reading it and also learn somethings through this journey. Will definitely like to see what the author has in the future.

overall-4/5

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Poetry :Solitude and Other Obsessions- Uma, Binod,Trupti,Shruti and Saurin.

 

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We are a species fueled by obsessions. Every human achievement, and every infamy, is the result of an obsession that tormented, possessed and consumed. This is a selection of poetry about solitude and other obsessions that have distracted, driven, destroyed and / or defined us. Spanning genres, styles, emotions, time & place, these works by a collective of 5 poets are a glimpse into the obsessions that have become us.

 

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COVER – It is a blend of different colours just like our minds and a peacock feather denoting solitude and other obsessions.

TITLE – once you finish reading the book the title is really apt.

This book has been compiled by 5 poets and an artist. Each section touches different parts of memories and subjects. Themes keep varying from life to nature, human relations. Every poets work starts with a small quote by personalities followed by an intricate artwork. The poems vary in length. All of the poems have been written beautifully and one can definitely relate to them.

Uma-

FAVOURITE POEM – Captured moments.

Uma captures every poem with words simple and transparency of it’s beauty is seen. the poems are based on her army life. Mostly long poems.

Binod-

FAVOURITE POEM- tue, but strange, revival, still dreaming.

writes about life, inner dreams. consisting of description with less words. felt unique. length varies from small to long.

TRUPTI.

FAVOURITE POEM – truly,yours, lone warrior.

she writes about feminism and love.

DR. Shruti –

FAVOURITE POEM-  all of them.

she writes about today’s generation. most of us could relate to these. About pictures todays world.

SAURIN-  all the poems written by him are written eloquently. about regrets and love.

SHRIPAD- his artwork elated each section and gave a deeper meaning to all of the poems. The artwork definitely makes you think about whats beneath. The artwork is poetry itself. It speaks volume.

OVERALL – the collection is brilliant in the times of mediocre poetry. one should deifnitely go for this book you will not be disappointed.

RATING -4/5.

 

One Night Stand : Search of true by BS Rathi

 

One Night Stand : Search of true love by [BS Rathi]

 

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Can love and sex be separated and distinguished from each other?
It is common for human beings to get attracted to each other. Question is what creates such attraction? Love or physical need?
Such attraction, at times, can be so tempting or so strong that it crosses the boundaries created by the society.  Has society’s dynamic standards of morality and ethics changed so much to accept such things pardonable? Or certain moral values are sacrosanct?
A successful corporate executive, his legal wife and two happily married women face these questions at different phases of their lives and take contrasting stands. Read the novel to find out where their contrasting stands on love, sex and relationships lead their life to.

 

REVIEW –

starting with the cover it is simple and matches well with the title. The author has written about sex which people don’t talk about much. Kudos to the author for writing  a book with having a story revolving around it.The story is around romance.  Iqbal and namrata were married but things did not work for them well. Iqbal turns into a person who has become a womanizer now due to his first heartbreak. The way twists has been given is a turning point to the story where everything changes and it makes sense. What is right or wrong. The narration has been done well and in simple language. The characterization has been done properly too. The book keeps flowing.  Pace of the book is medium. It is a little long read.The story is easy to understand too. One should give this book a read definitely. worth the time.

cover-3/5

plot-4/5.

characterization- 4/5.

Overall-4/5.

 

Polygon of Asymmetry by Vyankatesh Katkar

 

Polygon of Asymmetry by [Katkar, Vyankatesh ]

 

 

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‘POLYGON OF ASYMETRY’ is really different because it is not dull and boring as most general social fictions are. It is racy like a thriller, full off interesting and gut churning events. Every page of this book is an absorbing experience. You will like to finish before you put it down. It is a remarkable story of a brave and wise orphan girl, who manages to extricate herself from most horrendous circumstances time and again. Then she wisely uses her wisdom and charm to secure her future to rise to great heights from the ashes of her past. And then destiny brings her face to face with a most sacrilegious dilemma that leads to tragic end. She rises again through her ashes again to live another story that is greater and grander in its essence and the message that, in spite of own suffering at the hands of society and destiny it is possible to dedicate one’s life to the selfless service of mankind. The real flavor of this drama can be absorbed only through personal reading of those pages.

 

 

REVIEW –

This book is filled with twists and descriptive narration of every single event that takes place. The story revolves around uma and her life. How she has endured so much of pain and ill-treatment. The book comes off really strong. The suspense to what will happen ahead. Characterization is beautiful too. The story is full of so many issues and personal wreck one goes through. from being an orphan girl to getting true love. Uma has shown as how woman can be so strong , endure and break off all the shackles. The book has the potential to make you emotional in so many instances. The book is written in simple english. The cover is plain could have been made better. the title makes sense after you read the whole story. Of how nothing will make sense when it is messed up and make all sense with only time. Themes covered are societal problems. The book is full of suspense and drama.

overall -4/5.

The Science and Art of Holistic by Vyankatesh Katkar.

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The Science and Art of Holistic Living is a comprehensive life improvement book for long disease free, stress free living. It is very appropriate to label as, ‘ShatayushiAnandYog.” Living life as per this book gives, ASSURED IMMENSE BENEFITS. It is a PROGRAMME FOR POSITIVE AND HOLISTIC CHANGE IN LIFE. Science and Art for Holistic Living is a unique and comprehensive life improvement program with immense practical value. It elaborates on all aspects of good living. It is holistic in approach and its contents. There is no other program as inclusive as this. The program has five sections, and the salient features are: 1. Science of proactive health management for prevention of diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, obesity and other life style diseases so as to lead disease free long life. 2. Elucidation of concept of positive health promoting diet instead of balanced diet and many dozens of health promoting tips. 3. The art of stress elimination at source instead of merely stress management. It is possible to eliminate arousal of stress at source through positive thinking and positive attitude. It is possible to eliminate anger, hatred, jealousy, worry and fear for happy stress free living. 4. Management of residual stress through yoga and autohypnosis and many other tools. As a whole this program encompasses all the aspects of perfect holistic living. I am certain that all the readers will find it interesting and enough to change, a) the way they think, b) the way they perceive and interpret the happenings, the world and its people to bring about drastic shift in attitude and behavior and emotional self, c) the way they eat and live and d) the we handle residual stress if any for happy, disease free long- long life. This book is a must read for every living person to save loads of money of hospital bills.

 

REVIEW –

Starting off with the cover it has a happy face of a girl in nature which really lifts you up. The title is apt to the book. It is a must for people who want a guide. The book has been written in scientific facts broken into simple laymann terms so that everyone can understand it. It is divided into three parts – health,stress and other management. All health related problems have been discussed along with their solutions which can be used in the daily life easily like heart diseases. Precautions that should be taken to avoid any health problems in the future. Each topic has been discussed, explained really well which will definitely help one to plan their life accordingly from diet to exercises or simple yoga. The importance of a balance has been given in this.Personal issues like hate, stress and jealousy have been discussed too.The simplicty and details is what you will really love about the book.  Keypoints are also given in the book. How to live with content with everything that you have. You will feel really boosted by reading the book. The book gives you a pep talk that you need for holistic living. The book brings you in line with reality and consciouness.

OVERALL- 4/5.

 

The Final Truth of God Soul and Salvation Demystified – by Vyankatesh Katkar

 

The Final Truth of God Soul and Salvation Demystified

 

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The book, ‘The Final Truth of God Soul and Salvation Demystified’ speaks about core spiritual philosophies and nothing else. All extraneous matters have been strictly excluded. It is written in question and answer format for the sake of clarity and ease to understand. The true value of this book lies in demystification of spirituality through crystal clear SSclarity of thought that is devoid of ambiguities and vain mysticism. The book puts forth many fresh philosophical views, which are contrary to that of established religious dogmas and philosophies on many vital aspects of spirituality. The book is a product of long years of study, meditation, contemplation and spiritual enquiry. It is a potential rabble-rouser, as it strikes very hard at heart of established pseudo spiritual beliefs and practices. Even a cursory look at content index will give good overview of the book. This book is must read for all enquiring minds. None of the present religion answers all the questions regarding spiritual matters that arise in the mind of intelligent and scientifically grounded mind. And there is no unanimity regarding various fundamental and vital questions regarding nature of God, soul and particularly about meaning of salvation and ways to achieve that.

 

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From the cover itself you know it is a spritual book. The title is also apt as per the book plot. The book is in questions and answer format. Which helps you in breaking down the most asked questions to ourselves answered in simple language and helps you understand the universe a little much more better. The book also has key points in the end which summarizes the book in short. Alot of concepts will be cleared and some will lead you much more curious. The book has been well researched and written.The theme is spritual.  The book is ideal for people who have interest in this genre or have just began to know about this. Language is simple. The book is a short read. The book is divided well into chapters. Karma, spritual science, soul, cosmos.The author has made this book easy for people who want to know everything summarized. The book is a short read.

OVERALL- 4/5.

Letters in the Rain -Anubhav Shrivastava

 

 

 

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Quite early in his life, Aman had been labelled a ‘weirdo’. His side-parted, oil soaked hair and gawky physique made him the butt of jokes among his peers. There is nothing spectacular in his life—he studies all day, has never had an interaction with a girl that lasted more than five minutes, and scribbles his inner musings into his best friend, a personal diary.

Deep down, however, the guilt of being considered a social killjoy by the society starts to have a negative impact on him.

When forced out of his solitary shell into the action-infused warehouse that is ‘college’, Aman’s life takes a drastic U-Turn. Owing to a Chemistry project, he is forced to partner up with Kiara—a cheerful, carefree soul who tucks away her dark, brooding past upon arriving in Manipal.

What follows is a series of awkward encounters and quirky adventures; ones that throw them in the deep end and make them face their worst fears.

 

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The book cover is in blue and is really attractive ,depicting a love story. The book is written in simple easy to understand english and is a short read. The book will take you on a trip from jr college days to your degree college days. What I really liked about the book is the story is simple and yet flowing. The poems and letters throughout the book makes it interesting. It is the story of aman and kiara. Aman is an introvert and kiara is magic. Of how their friendship is formed in manipal and how things fall apart. Less characters are there in the story which helps in keeping the clarity. Importance of friendship in ones life which help you become a better version of you. The story also tells you how maintaining a balance is necessary between work and life. A short yet amazing read.

overall -3.5/5.