January 15, 2018

Book Review: Pinto has an Idea by Rajeev Saxena

Pinto has an Idea
Author: Rajeev Saxena
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishers
Rating: 3.5/5

‘Life is long if you know how to use it’ and for Pinto aka Rajat this forms the footing for his prosperity. ‘Pinto has an Idea’ is about realizing self-worth and fighting the odds to prove your identity. Set in the Indian backdrop, this is not a love story. Pinto always has a bee in his bonnet and strives to challenge his mind and unleash its true potential. We get the first glimpse of his brilliance when he juggles frogs during his adolescence. Well-informed and pragmatic, Pinto is a character that inspires the readers. Though he is made to go through the mill initially, he leaves no stone unturned to come up trumps.

Describing the whirlpool of emotions, this book is a potboiler. The story portrays the dilemma a scientist faces when it comes to the matters of the heart and relationships. A perfectly eked out character of the protagonists shows the author’s prowess in developing and presenting a protagonist who connects well with the readers. Fluid narration and uncomplicated language make this book an easy read. Also, I liked the flow; the story’s fast pace intrigued and allured me into completing it in one go.  

The cover of the book is superb and editing has been done with a fine-tooth comb. However, I felt the story lacked originality; I could reminiscence many characters that were moulded into one (Sheldon Cooper, a neophyte in the matters of love; Arvind Kejriwal, an IITian who sets out on a quest to salvage the country from malfeasance; and Mohan from the movie ‘Swades’, a man who decides to change the fate of his city come hell or high water).

The plot is gripping and the lucid narration acts like a cherry on the cake. There are no monotonous lengthy descriptions; the setting of the scenes is relatable and gives the readers ample opportunity to experience every moment. But I missed the use of good vocabulary. Overall, this book presents old wine in a new bottle but the bottle is nicely packaged!

Best wishes to the author!

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January 12, 2018

Book Review: Juni Dagger by Arjun Chandra Kathpalia

Juni Dagger
Author: Arjun Chandra Kathpalia
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 4/5

Thriller novellas are rare enough but thriller novellas with a tinge of humour that offer moments of genuine laughter are rarer still. ‘Juni Dagger’ comes in a complete package- with an amalgamation of thrill, suspense and light humour. Wittingly written, this book describes the adventures of Juni Dagger, a semi-professional connoisseur of food and a professional detective. Along with his team, he set out on a journey to hunt down a serial killer. His love and respect for food is something to fall for. How beautifully the author has drawn out the connection between the two!

With real characters and by giving the sidekicks equal importance, the plot turns out to be intriguing and entertaining as well. Juni Dagger acts as the cornerstone of the story. With exemplary vocabulary and intelligent mind-mapping of events, the author has done a fabulous job.

The story is new and the writing is impressive. With simple yet impactful language, the author has successfully reached out to the hearts of the readers. The storyline is strong and the characterization of Juni further adds on to the advantage.

Best wishes to the author!

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January 10, 2018

Book Review: Icebergs in Paradise by Sayan Basak

Icebergs in Paradise
Author: Sayan Basak
Publisher: Woven Words Publishers

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ‘Icebergs in Paradise’ serves experience, learning and the emotions involved- hot on the platter.The book is a collection of poems which give a chance to the readers to introspect and reflect on their way of living.

Reading the title I assumed the icebergs to denote the obstacles in our paradise called life, but when I scanned the blurb, I was left completely baffled. Neither does the blurb give a fair idea of what exactly is the theme of the book nor does it maintain a balance in content organization. The poems reek of emotions but the idea is unclear. Even though the vocabulary is crisp, yet the poems failed to strike the right chord.

The blurb is a stark reminder that the editing has been overlooked. For an instance, check the sentence structure: ‘Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life’. Even the cover fails to attract the eye.

Overall, the poems do to abide by a particular theme but individually they are quite meaningful and use euphemism to highlight the harsh reality.

Best wishes to the poet!

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