November 23, 2017

Book Review: Flying without Wings by Rishabh Puri

Flying without Wings

Author: Rishabh Puri
Publisher: Black Ink Publishers
Rating: 3/5

Love is an uncanny emotion that baffles most. ‘Flying without Wings’ is a simple yet emotional story that describes the complexity of this emotion and also illustrates the aftereffects in broad strokes. Milli, an ordinary middle-class girl who is bent out of shape spends days and nights working at the airport and dreaming in her cloud cuckoo land. Like every other fairy tale, she, too, plays a waiting game and a Dating Application comes to her rescue.

Love blossoms and Milli finds the man of her dreams, Karan. Bound by the restrictions of their background and affluence, they face complications time and again but doesn’t love conquer all?

Written in simple language, the story doesn’t offer any twists and turns resulting in a clich├ęd plot. Lack of emotional connection and the crude caricatures of the protagonists fail to leave a lasting impression. At times I felt that the dumbing down of the content of the book was intentional in order to attract a larger audience. A sober cover completes the book in a decent manner. The narration is flawed at several places owing to the missing demonstrative adjectives and determiners.

Overall, the book is a one time read.
Best wishes!

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November 15, 2017

Book Review: Appu’s world of Sun, Sand and Sea by Radhika Ramachandran

Appu’s world of Sun, Sand and Sea
Author: Radhika Ramachandran
Genre: Children’s book
Publishers: Happy Squirrel (Leadstart)

Area A: Text
‘Appu’s world of Sand, Sun and Sea’ narrates the story of a young village boy who has an intense mind and imbibes his surroundings well. He learns to contrast and compare and the crests and troughs in his life shape up his personality. Longer sentences and difficult words might not be liked by the children. Unlike being a stick in the mud, Appu is inquisitive and attentive too.

Area B: Illustrations
The cover of the book neatly presents the main idea of the plot. However, the story lacks proper illustrations; only line drawings have been used (rarely).

Area C: Characterization

The main character of the story is Appu and just like the previous books, Appu’s personality is relatable. The children will like the protagonist and might feel the urge to give solutions to his problems too.  

Book Review: His Share of Sky by Rashmi Narzary

His Share of Sky
Author: Rashmi Narzary
Genre: Children’s book
Publishers: Happy Squirrel (Leadstart)

Area A: Text
The text has been organized in simple sentences. With numerous figures of speech like Onomatopoeia and Alliteration, the stories will be liked by the children. Narrative and entertaining, the story revolves around a young village boy (a round character) who is not only mischievous but also carefree. The short stories have been compiled and placed in such a way that the children will, at no point, feel disconnected with the main character. His qualities are relatable, his lessons are important and the circumstances are pragmatic.

Majority of the children have the odds in their favour and get a chance to go to school and live an economical life. Through these short stories, our children can be sensitized towards the children who are not born with a silver spoon in their mouth. However, the grammatical errors will hinder the process of learning. Time and again one can spot incorrect punctuation and the redundant beginning of the sentences.

Area B: Illustrations
The cover of the book neatly presents the main idea of the plot. The illustrations (in monochrome) strike the right chord and have been brilliantly done. The primary medium used in illustrations is drawing. However, colourful illustrations would have been better.

Area C: Characterization
The main character of the story is Barsau and the most dominant trait that can be identified is his impish behaviour. With the aid of exemplary description, the character of Barsau is well shaped.  

Every child is carefree and jaunty. It is in their nature and we cannot change that. However, if we make them read stories that reflect the similar mindset and give out a moral in the end, we make a sincere effort in equipping the child with the ability to take the right decision. This book is a good read. It explores the mindset and the perspective of a young boy and encourages the young minds to become a part of Barsau’s life.