YES!! I CAN DO IT!!

WILD (2012) 4/5 YES Memoirs, Adventure Rs.175 (Amazon.in) Cheryl Strayed [3.99/520140 ratings Goodreads]

Review #454 (Book Review #154)

One fine day I got my hands on a movie WILD starring Reese Witherspoon and it was released in 2014. I kind of liked that movie so I found out the inspiration behind it. So now here’s the review of the book on which that movie was based – WILD written by CHERYL STRAYED and it was first published in 2012.

WILD is a memoir written by Cheryl Strayed, she changed her surname after getting divorced and the book’s full name is WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL. So, you can now have a pretty damn idea what this memoir could contain. Its an emotional journey of a lady and her trek on the most famous American trail – the PCT. In this book of 300+ pages, she explained all her feeling, it looks like she has opened her heart and poured out all the feelings on the pages. The things she faced in her life including the death of her mother, their family’s movements, their poor conditions, her divorce and then gathering the courage to trek a monstrous trail alone.

Previous to this I’ve read such books but those are not autobiography kind of books – I’ve read INTO THE WILD which was the story of a guy Christopher who went to Alaska and died, but it was written by a journalist Jon Krakauer. WILD is written in first person, the same lady who went through that trauma written the book. It’s a long book, so you can say that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea/coffee. Plus its a memoir, a non-fiction so you will not get twists and turns or dramas. But yes you will get emotions. And its a kind of travel book but a travel book written with a personal touch, not like a guide actually.

It took me 85 days to complete this book, as I was busy in watching streaming apps, like Netflix, Prime and others. But I will also say that do not hurry in reading this book, you have to take your time in reading this, expereince all the happenings of the author’s life, and get a feel what she’s going through. Readability is okay and by the end of it I felt that I went on that trail. She was a novice yet she accomplished a feat that many of us can’t even think about it.

She faced problem enroute, explained weather of different parts of trail, how she made new friends, how she survived alone on the trail. The pace of the book was fine although she told a lot about her flashbacks here and there. I would recommend this book for serious readers with rating 4/5. GO FOR IT!!

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The Confession of a girl.

13 REASONS WHY (2007) 3/5 YES Young Adult Rs.100 (2nd hand bookshop) Jay Asher [3.97/672255 ratings Goodreads]


Review #453 (Book Review #153)

《 Before proceeding to review I want to salute Indian Armed Forces for their valor, courage and bravery. I pray for the martyrs of Pulwama terrorist attacks, may they rest in peace. 》

One fine morning, I was in Indore due to some personal work, and Indore has 2nd hand book stores, since I have some time to kill I just went through one which still exists and found this book 13 REASONS WHY by JAY ASHER. Previous to this I never read him but I was fully aware of a netflix series by the same name so I knew that this book must be it’s inspiration, and I haven’t watched the series (still not seen) so I thought ‘Why not I read about it first’. So I got the book for Rs.100.

I wikipediad Jay Asher. He is an American author born in California in 1975. I guess this is his first work, other than this he wrote 3 other books – The Future of Us, What Light and Piper. Rest you can do wikipedia, this much info is enough for my review. Oh yes, this is also my 1st read of Jay.

Now lets go through the plot. One fine morning Clay, a high-school student receive a shoebox which is filled with some cassettes, which he found out as recorded by his classmate Hannah, but Hannah is dead. She has recorded these cassettes before taking her life, i.e. before doing suicide and these tapes contains 13 reasons why?

Now these tapes must travel from 1 reason to the other, basically those 13 reasons are characters in her life, it’s not what but who, and everyone has to listen to those and to pass it further down the line and now Clay had those.

As you can deduce from the above picture that I took 44 days to complete this small novel of just 250 odd pages, you all may be thinking why? Well there are 3 reasons behind it. 1. I am a multitasking guy, at a time I have 3-4 novels open and I use to read any one of them at a given time, let’s say, depending on my mood. Currently I am reading 1 Hindi language crime-thriller novel ‘Dial 100’ and 1 non-fiction adventure WILD and 1 oddly sci-fi comic novel ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. 2. Yes, novel had some issues which prevent me to read it fast. 3. Time crunch.

The novel’s concept is real good, I haven’t seen this concept elsewhere, unique, now I am intrigued to watch the series too. Novel is not thick, so a regular user can pick it. The novel had a hidden message about how one person can affect other person’s life, so it encourages the readers to be at their good behaviour all the time. Language wise its easy. At the end the book contains writer’s interview and interview of the series’ cast, coz my edition released after the netflix series, check out the main page photo I shared above, that is from series, and netflix name is also mentioned.

Now regarding language, the book seemed confusing at the start. Clay is listening to the tapes, so to distinguish between Clay’s acts and Hannah’s recordings, writer used italics. Meaning if it is italic, it is said by Hannah in recording, if it’s normal font means it’s Clay’s thought process. So at first the reader may get confused. A lot of lines interspersed with 2 different narrations, later on you will get hang of it. Plus even 280 pages sometimes looked boring, like not much is happening but it’s there anyways. The interviews are not in 280 pages, they’re after those pages.

So yes, the novel touches a sensitive subject and the writer really handed it very very well, kudos to Jay for actually writing this novel and handling the sensitive topic well. And I am sure the series adaptation will be good. So I will say a YES to this book with a 3/5 rating. Do check it out.

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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.

SPOILERS》 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”)

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

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.

GRuchirG.

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