October 20, 2017

Book Review: Inside the Heart of Hope by Rishabh Puri

Author: Rishabh Puri
Publisher: Srishti Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

“Where there is no vision, there is hope.”
― G. W. Carver

The conflict between heart and mind often results in a no-win situation. Working complimentary to each other, these two often confuse and conspire against each other and lead to bad decisions. ‘In the Heart of Hope’ by Srishti Publishers is a light read that not only teaches the readers the importance of self-love but also ensures that the message sent out is vivid and clear.

The story revolves around Rick, who is very ill. The disease starts to take its toll on the mind of the protagonist but he believes in looking for the light at the end of dark tunnel. Instead of being sick at heart, he puts the scattered pieces of his life in place and strives to live happily. He finds love and companionship and starts reliving.

Unlike the other fiction novellas, where there are mushy love tales and everything ends in the cloud cuckoo land, this book offers different and enriching content. The book has a personal and emotional touch. With subtle narrative, the story offers many moments of genuine anguish. It inspires and galvanizes the heart to start hoping.

The title of the book is fine. The blurb is apt. Overall, the simplicity of book is what makes it a marvelous feat!

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Book Review: A Lot Like Love by Sumrit Sahi

A  Lot Like Love
Author: Sumrit Shahi
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 2/5

It has been rightly said that love is a rumour, everyone talks about it, but no one truly knows. Though it is sublime, yet it is difficult to understand the antagonistic side of it. There came a movie titled ‘A Lot Like Love’, starring Ashton Kutcher, in 2005 that made all the lovers go crazy behind the plot. However, ‘A Lot Like Love’ by Sumrit Sahi fails as a perlocutionary act. It fails to impress or leave a lasting impact. With the bountiful use of full stops (pauses), the hurdles in reading seem never-ending.

The story revolves around Arnika, who is attractive and diligent. She joins Shadab’s school and on the very first days gets a chance to meet plucky and amorous, Shadab. They say infatuation is a drug and our two protagonists get addicted to it. The story moves forward owing to several dialogues (rather one-word dialogues) and with literally no twists or turns and ends up in a clich├ęd climax.

Shadab’s suave or affable personality doesn’t strike the right chord and his chemistry with Arnika lacks the strength. There is no doubt that the narration is simple and understandable, but the use of too many contractions and colloquial language acts as a turn-off.

It comes as a disappointment when a nationally acclaimed writer pens down something as frivolous as this piece of literature. With almost nothing to ponder upon and absence of freshly brewed content, this story is a setback. Nevertheless, Rupa doesn’t fail to impress with fine-tooth comb editing.

Apparently, it is the need of the hour for all the aspiring authors to think out of the box and write on something other than college romance before the genre becomes redundant. They should realize that writing a book is an art and not compulsion. How bluntly they mention in acknowledgement that they are grateful to the readers for making them rich! Is this what all it takes to inscribe your thoughts on a piece of paper?

Overall, the narration type is definitely not my cup of tea but it may be liked by new readers or by those who are on the lookout for short- light romance.

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Book Courtesy: Rupa Publishers


October 15, 2017

Book Review: The Elephant Chaser's Daughter by Shilpa Raj

The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter
Author: Shilpa Raj
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

There is something incredible about the coarse honesty- it is a perfect blend of bittersweet- arousing pleasure with a hue of pain and sadness! It takes a lot of courage and confidence to relive your past publicly and the authoress has earned my respect through this book. Engaging and interesting- this is what comes to your mind when you finish reading ‘The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter’. This book is a good work of reality. Fluid and careful narration incarcerates a story that reeks of genuine emotions and sleek characterization.

With near-to-perfect technical details, the writing style of the authoress doesn’t fail to impress. The memoir is strong. The way the authoress has divided the content into different scenes is commendable. However, the lack of consistency in certain sections might act as a turn off. Where one chapter describes the emotional trauma the protagonist goes through as an after effect of a sudden death in the family, the very next chapter talks about the life-changing and unprecedented opportunity the protagonist gets that turns out to be a benefit in disguise for her. In the process of absorbing the sudden demise of her sister, the reader soon loses the connection with the character because of abrupt change in scenes. Characterization of the protagonists is balanced. The language is lucid and narration is flawless. The authoress has succeeded in making the readers live every scene of the book. The twists and turns are sure to give you jitters.

The story pokes various societal issues like atrocities against girl child and Untouchability. With so much going on in her life, Shilpa finds herself between the devil and the deep blue sea. The choice between soaring high or getting buried under the orthodox notions of her family/ neighbours tears her soul apart and forces her to take the reins in hand and control her life. She makes a life-changing decision that not only helps her strike a balance with her chaotic mind but also leads her onto a path of self-discovery.

Overall, a good book with lot of intense emotions which offer moments of heartache and sadness!

Best wishes to the author!

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Book Courtesy: Rupa Publishers