THE FIGHT IS HERE!!

KASHI (2018) 4/5 YES Mythological Historical Thriller Rs.0 (Kindle Unlimited) Vineet Bajpai [4.11/705 ratings Goodreads]


Review #452 (Book Review #152)

Finally Completed the 3rd book of a recent series HARAPPA by VINEET BAJPAI, and its named KASHI, a sequel to Harappa & Pralay.

Before going further in this review check out my review on other 2 books, links are below:

HARAPPA: https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/curse-to-be-continued/

PRALAY: https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/890/

Well well well how do I start, If Harappa was the batter and Pralay was the cake then Kashi is the cherry on top. Wow! A worthy series to read with all books satisfying hunger of a reader. And I liked this genre of mythological-historical conspiracy thrillers so this series suited well to the genre.

γ€ŠSPOILERS》 Now let’s first look at the story: The story took us further to where the 2nd book ends. Vidyut is the last god-human on earth and his bloodline is the protector of earth’s biggest secret of black temple and now its his duty to save that from the assassins who just wanted to get their hands on it. While in the Harappan timeline, Manu is fighting the nature, trying to save the world as he known it from the oncoming Pralay by building a mighty ark, while fighting other enemies like Daityas.

Now the good points – the story is structured in the same way as other 2 books, 2 timelines – Ancient Harappan timeline and the current timeline. The characters are well etched and written in proper way so that readers can make immediate connection with them. The feelings are intact, you feel and imagine all the situations and happenings through your mind, just like you are watching a movie and not reading a book, one of the biggest positives for the book. You also feel bad, sad or happy along with the characters, I really want to watch this series’ movie adaptations now. And like I stated above this book is better than the other 2, not that other 2 were bad, but this is best of 3, a fast-paced edge-of-the-seat thriller. I completed it quite fast. The language is easy for an average Indian reader or to those who appreciate good storytelling using simple language.

Yes it has its share of some cons too- mainly that in the current timeline they took a little more time in revealing the secret, though in no scenario the secret was bad. And felt that our main villain showed too much leniancy in his attempt to hunt the secret, that character was weak and after knowing the value of secret I thought that this character could be presented with more seriousness for acquiring the secret.

But overall this book is not to miss, the thrill increased till the end for a befitting climax, it revealed a secret and yet Vineet has left something for a new series to start if he wants to. One of the nice mythological conspiracy thriller book I’ve read. RECOMMENDED I rate 4/5.

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Kalachakra: the wheels of time

KEEPERS OF THE KALACHAKRA (2018) 4/5 YES Thriller/Conspiracy/Histotical/Mythical Rs.229 (Amazon.in) Ashwin Sanghi [3.76/1720 ratings Goodreads]

Review #451 (Book Review #151)

About Ashwin Sanghi: He is an accomplished Indian thriller writer born 25th Jan 1969 in Mumbai. He has written many thriller books esp. of the genre of historical thriller infusing with conspiracy theory and is a well known writer along with Amish who pioneered the Indian english language writing into this genre. You can also call him Indian Dan Brown because of subject of his novels. His bibliography includes books like The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, Sialkot Saga, which all could be said as BHARAT SERIES, and this one could also said to be a part of this series. So here’s the review of KEEPERS OF THE KALACHAKRA (KOTK).

KOTK was released in 2018 January, and my copy is 401 pages for which I took 43 days. I can say that I liked this book, and it was certainly much better than Ashwin’s last fiction book Sialkot Saga. I liked all of his other books (mentioned above).

So, the story goes like this: There’s a secret organization at work who is somehow involved with assassinations of some known names in political world, how are they performing those killings and why they’re doing this, noone knows. Also, there are some scientific researches are also going on and as many of these researches are already knows and pre-validated by Indian yogics somehow someone wanted to reach to its conclusion so that it could be used for world power shift. Meanwhile, there is a young scientist who got offer to work in a cutting-edge research facility situated in mountainous Indian state of Uttarakhand. What is the purpose of hiring him? And many such questions arises, do read the book for same.

Now the pros: A wonderful book with many conspiracy theories thrown in at regular interval to keep the reader interested through the whole book which is 400+ pages, Ashwin didn’t hold back any secret or findings for later use, though he successfully built the secret for the central theme of book which he revealed at the end only. There are lot of various terms, scientific and otherwise with many incidents and instances included in book for which he surely have done lot of research. Many recorded incidents are used, you can google them. The language is easy, and it’s a fast read, language alongwith thrill and different incidents helped the reader to actually finish book quite fast.

Cons: There are too much of incidents used in the book due to which the central narrative got lost many times, it seems he got carried away in sharing so many references from wiki and google, the central characters got very little space and less time, plus many of these incidents are picked up word-by-word from websites, I’ve checked 3-4 myself on Google, just few words changed, rest same text, he has also provided the references in the last of the book though. There are too many characters involved due to the vast canvas of the story, which can cause hindrance for a less-serious reader. Plus I still didn’t understood the main concept of Quantum Twins, maybe it’s a research topic but I am still not convinced.

The book has a central theme of Radicalization of Islam, you can read it to find out, I liked the book even after some of the cons, and I recommend it with rating 4/5.

GRuchirG. (“G” Ruchir “Ji”)

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My Reviews of other books by Ashwin Sanghi:

THE SIALKOT SAGA: https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/a-looong-saga/

THE KRISHNA KEY: https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/a-magical-being-named-krishna/

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Best Game ever played!!

QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES (2001) 4/5 YES Magic Fiction Rs.0 (Kindle Unlimited) Kennilworthy Wisp (JK Rowling) [3.86/118446 ratingsGoodreads]


Review #450 (Book Review #150)

YEYY!! THIS IS MY 150th BOOK REVIEW.

Got my hand on 2nd Harry Potter curriculum book QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES written by Kennilworthy Whisp (aka JK Rowling), from quite some time I wanted to buy and read this magical curriculum book which finally I got, and finished in few minutes as well.

Its an interesting read, just 105 pgs, maybe thicker for Hogwarts School curriculum. It has the details and historical evolution of the most famous game of Magic society QUIDDITCH, how its evolved over time, what are the rules to play it, details of teams playing it, and its history.

A wonderful book for HP lovers, this is my 2nd curriculum book read after FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. It has more pages than FB, and better read. I rate it 4/5

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The Girl Next Door!!

THE GIRL IN ROOM 105 (2018) 3/5 YES Crime Fiction Romance Drama Rs.0 (Kindle Unlimited) Chetan Bhagat [3.41/2322 ratingsGoodreads]

Review #449 (Book Review #149)

So I am back with yet another review and guess what I an back with the review of one of my fav Indian author because of whom me and many like me got interested in reading Indian english-language novels and because of whom the love stories get a life in novel formats in India, on whose path many new evolving writers made their career in writing. It is the latest novel by CHETAN BHAGAT and as per his trend of using numbers in his every novel name, this one also contains numbers, THE GIRL IN ROOM 105. This is his 8th novel, out of which 4 are adapted as Indian movie officially, and 1 unofficially. I have hard copy of all his novels except this one, since I got a chance to read it for free on kindle unlimited. CB has also written 2 non-fiction books as well but I am only interested in his fictional work and now I can say that I’ve read all of his novels.

Check out my review on his last fictional novel by clicking below-:

https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/fd-up-love-affair/

Story (AND SPOILERS!!): Keshav and Saurabh are best friends and are teaching in coaching classes. Keshav is not able to forget his ex-girlfriend Zara, while Zara has already moved on and now is in a relationship with an entrepreneur Raghu. But on one fine night Zara was murdered. Keshav can’t live by not knowing who killed love if his life so he started his own investigation to find out the killer.

Ok, so now whoever is familier of earlier CB’s work know that he is a romantic novel writer, though he tried his hands at 2 different genre books – 1 night @ call center – which was based on an imaginary scenario happening with main characters who all works in a call center at night & 3 Mistakes of my life– which is kind of realistic political drama getting referenced from many real Indian political happenings. But his other 5 books are more or less revolving around love with 1 being converted into a very successful blockbuster Hindi movie. And this one is first from him on a crime investigation obviously with a romantic angle to support. The story is pretty straightforward, but I like the way he builds it. There’s a despo lover who is not able to forget his love, and by reading the lines given to him, seems a perfect characterization for him. Though the worst character in the book was the leading lady Zara, whose character was not build properly, sometimes she seemed a good girl sometimes not so good.

The language is pretty easy as the case with his other novels as well, so you dont need a dictionary. Some incidents seems taken too leniently, like when Keshav decided to pursue the case he got a go-ahead by the Inspector so easily, it looks like walking in the park for Keshav, which I think is less practical in real life, and many such leniency is thrown in the whole book. Also some loopholes, for e.g. the official investigating police officer just found out someone is a killer and didn’t tried to look at all angles or maybe other parties involved with the victim.

Although it’s a simple book so the mystery of killer is not that good as of many such detective novels. This book is not for detective book readers who like crime fiction, its for romance novel readers esp. the fan base if CB who wouldn’t mind if a crime fiction is added up with romance and drama. In the book CB tries to add some terrorism angle along with his political preferences or present situations of India, though he tried to maintain balance in his views.

The ending setup of this novel seems highly inspired by the setups from Agatha Christie’s novels. This book does not fall in super excellent category but is certainly better than 2 of his earlier novels and good for a light reader, I will say, you can go ahead and try it, not a big novel so it will finish fast. I rate 3/5.

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Extending the Branch..

THE SILVER BRANCH (1957) 3/5 YES Historical Fiction Rs.78 (Bookchor.com) Rosemary Sutcliff [3.93/1873 ratings Goodreads]

Review #448 (Book Review #148)

Finished yet another book and this time its a thin book THE SILVER BRANCH, 2nd in THE EAGLE series and written by ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF.

This book was first published in Dec 1957 and wrote as a children adventure though as per me it’s an adventure for children and adults alike. My copy is 175pgs for which I took 67 days, quite unlike me since this book is thin but I usually read 2-3 books at a time, I mean on basis of my mood, so 3 different books will always be opened and I pick any one of them at a particular moment.

This book used a little old style english since the story depicted the old times – its a fictional account of the real times and real characters when Romans ruled Britain. A new surgeon was appointed at Rutupiae fort – Justin (for short) who befriended a young Centurion Flavius (for short) who is a soldier in Roman legion. These are peaceful times under the emperor Carausius (for short) who ruled Britain, but his finance minister Allectus is planning to usurp the emperor, he is a traitor and he was able to take the land by killing him. Now its upto Justin & Flavius to win back the land from the traitor Allectus for its rightful owner.

Ideally this is a 2nd book in the series THE EAGLE, but the storiesin both the book is standalone, yes, the story in this book succeed the 1st book story, and linked by an important connection but still you can read the books at your expanse, you can pick up 2nd book before the 1st one if you want.

Now let’s discuss about the plot/story. Plot is fine, just like you can think of old times of kings and wars and whatnot, even the writer has given it the touch of oldtime with the old patterned english usage, it brings authenticity to the books, and make the books genuine for its readers. But then it has its drawbacks as well, not everyone can read or appreciate the efforts, its hard in readability plus it demands reader’s full attention to the story or they may miss any important detail.

The pace of the story however seems slow here if I compare it with the 1st book, although both books cam be considered same in terms of adventure, but to me, it looks that 1st book had lot more to cover in terms of story than it is here, also it had an element of suspense, which is not here per se. The story goes on at a leisurely pace towards the last few pages where it came to action, last few pages are more engrossing than starting ones, going through the war sequences, felt like you’re watching the whole scene. But its a good story to read, if you appreciate a little hard language. I rate the book 3/5.

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a Zombie Classic!!

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (2009) 2/5 NO Horror, Thriller, Comedy Rs.198 (Amazon.in) Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen [3.29/118193 ratings Goodreads]


Review #447 (Book Review #147)

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Completed yet another fiction book, and this time I targeted a parodic horror social genre of book, seems pretty different from the type, isn’t it, well yeah, it is. This one’s a parody book PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES written by Seth Grahame-Smith and its a parody of the book named ‘Pride and Prejudice’ which was written by Jane Austen way back in 1813 and is considered a classic. So why a parody of such a beautiful and classic novel (I didn’t read the original book, just using adjectives to increase the length of my review and to show everyone that I am a hard novel reader πŸ˜› ) But why? Let’s first see who is the author.

Seth Grahame-Smith is an american novelist, producer, director, screenwriter and has written some 8 books (all info are sourced from our own beloved Wiki), which shows that he liked writing parodies, he uses a known book or figure, introduced some awkward things in them and lo behold! a new book is created. Well well! This is my 2nd read of him. Previous to this I’ve read ‘Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter’ and you can see by name that this again can be counted as a parody on the life of one of the greatest American personality. Now let us look at the plot of this book.

It’s 19th century England, which is infested by a strange plague in which dead arose and if they bite someone, that person too become like them, basically you all know that as a superhit formula now-a-days – ZOMBIES. There are many novels and films already been made on this imaginary yet plausible phenomenon. A miss Elizabeth Bennett is living with her family and 4 sisters in the country, her mother always wishes all of them to get married, but her father wants them to enable themselves to fight this zombie mayhem, and so all of them were personally trained by chinese martial art master in the self defense and zombie killing arts. And then the central character of our story found one of the equal worthy opponent Mr.Darcy. What will happen to her family and the equation between the 2 is the crux of this story.

Ok, what’s good here? It’s a different kind of read, its a mashup of s famous regular book adding masala in it. Though as per a note provided in the book, the time when the original book was written by Jane Austen, these kind of books (not exactly mashups but related to zombies, devils and bad-doings) were on rise, little did Jane know that one day even her book can get parodies in the same way. So if you’re into such kind of interest, you can go with it. I also like reading and watching zombie books and movies, so that’s why I bought this book. But there are more negatives than the positives.

Language is untouched, so it’s a hard english to read, since the original book was written way back. The story is simple dramatic, I thought that Seth could’ve made the book more energetic and interesting, but that’s not the case here. I dont like reading such social, romantic or drama books, so I thought that maybe by adding zombies it will become interesting, but author didnt play much across his parody writing, so for me, this book will be counted as a dull one, slow moving, not much happening, story as usual and all boring kind of stuffs.

I am not undermining the classic, its a classic and definitely had a fan-following but I’m not that into these kind of social books so this one scores a negative on my scale. More horror incidents can be added. Book goes on for 334 pages. There is a movie adaptation already been made. I recommend this book to those who are into reading social novels (not me) and wouldn’t mind reading a comic twist to it. I rate it 2/5.

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The END is NEAR!!

PRALAY (2017) 3/5 YES Mythical Thriller Fiction Rs.9 (Amazon Kindle) Vineet Bajpai [4.03/1039 ratings Goodreads]


Review #446 (Book Review #146)

So, I have completed book#2 in another mythical thriller fiction series, and this book is named PRALAY: THE GREAT DELUGE written by VINEET BAJPAI.

Lets first see who is VINEET BAJPAI. Below excerpt is taken from the book itself, and I haven’t added or deleted anything.

Vineet is a first-generation entrepreneur. At age 22 he started his company Magnon from a small shed. Today Magnon is among the largest digital agencies in the subcontinent, and part of the Fortune 500 Omnicom Group. He has led the global top-ten advertising agency TBWA as its India CEO. This made him perhaps the youngest ever CEO of a multinational advertising network in the country. He has won several entrepreneurship and corporate excellence awards, including the Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. He was recently listed among the 100 Most Influential People in India’s Digital Ecosystem. Vineet’s second company talentrack is disrupting the media, entertainment & creative industry in India. It is the fastest-growing online hiring and networking platform for the sector. He has written three bestselling management & inspirational books – Build From Scratch, The Street to the Highway and The 30 Something CEO.

So, the writer is from a corporate world, basically an entrepreneur or CEO level, and that is why our hero of this series is again a CEO of a digital company. Now let’s take a look at the story covered in this 2nd book of the series.

The story starts from where it ended in the 1st book HARAPPA. In the harappan timeline, the god-human Vivasan Pujari swears to take revenge from the people of the city whom he loved and who dragged him and hunted him. In the current timeline Vidyut who is now involved in a blood game in the India’s ancient city Varanasi is trying to save himself from assassins and trying to decode why someone wants to kill him with the help of his great-grandfather Dwarka Shastri. There is a pralay (deluge) coming in Harappan time which will take everything with it. And in current timeline, Vidyut has to stop the bad guys or black tantriks from bringing the ultimate doom and end of world.

How’s the book? I got the Kindle version of this book for Rs.9 because I was very much interested in reading it after I completed the 1st book, it ended abruptly, longing me for more. Kindle version is 289 pages, so it was not a long/tedious read for me. The book was no doubt gripping and a fast read for a regular reader like me, plus it belongs to my one of the favorite genre i.e. historical/mythical fiction. But one thing I saw is on the rise amongst new-born Indian writers. They usually follow a set path. For e.g. earlier there were a huge incoming of love novels, where everyone’s claiming their love story to be different than others, whereas it was just a mix-and-match of their own stories wherein they projected a hero character out of themselves and added something in the story. No doubts, still there are many love-stories in the market by Indian writers, this rise can be attributed to a famous Indian writer and well-known Chetan Bhagat. But I’ve seen that after the success of historical thriller writers like Amish & Ashwin Sanghi (who are now a known name in India), many others followed their path and went to write in this historical/mythical thriller genre. This book also lies in the same area. One more thing which I found is their fascination with the ancient city of the world Varanasi, obviously it is so enchanting and mysterious that many normal people got attracted to it, plus it’s the biggest pilgrimage location for the Hindu religion and equally attracts many foreigners as well to its otherworldly charm.

This is my 2nd read from a different author covering the mystics of Varanasi and its inner secrets including aghori babas and tantriks. On the front of story, the book certainly took us ahead from the end of book one but content wise it seems that story advancement was not that much here as compared to the 1st book, though more secrets are revealed, and because of those discussions, maybe the story didn’t proceeded ahead. The language is pretty simple. Just like some points I found confusing in 1st book, same way I found some here as well, 1 I can put here: Matsya at one time asked Manu to build an ark to save everyone from the pralay, and just in next chapter he was okay when Manu asked him to go to the city to save people, if he will go who will build the ark, next chapter again we are back on ark building discussion. But yeah, one of my doubt from the previous book is resolved here. I pointed that in the review – about Dwarka Shastri’s mind reading power.

There is a typo at one place in the book, this book again ended abruptly, now I have to read the 3rd book KASHI. I rate this book a 3/5, do read and share your views too.

Check out my review on the 1st book by clicking on link below.

https://ireadnwrite.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/curse-to-be-continued/

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