Planet Strikes!!

MEN ARE FROM MARS WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS (1993) 5/8 Self help non fiction Rs.39 (Amazon Kindle) John Gray [3.52/130689 ratings Goodreads]

Review #428 (Book Review #128) :

I had 11 books on kindle as of today and I completed my 3rd read, a non fiction self help counselling book MEN ARE FROM MARS WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS written by John Gray.

This is a good counselling book written by John Gray based on relationship especially the couple relationship. He has captured the essence of men and women and their needs quite nicely, as he has supported his book with many instances and incidents which look like you can relate to in your life, even I found some points matching with my life. This book was published in 1993 however its still relevant to today’s times.

Although I will still point out that this book is highly biased towards men in particular. Yes he may be able to tell men feelings accurately but still the book seems to provide guidance to women more than to men. Like it says “Women, men are like this only, deal with it”. So the book is not total neutral in nature. Also a lot of things are repeated and repeated and repeated. I guess that it is because the book is written in a way like someone giving the counselling session in practical. But you may feel bored by reading it again.

Though I recommend the book with 5/8 rating.

GRuchirG.

Jai raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1) Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 2, Length 0.5, Target readers 0.5, Credibility 1

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He is back!!

BAHURUPIYA (2013) 6.5/8 YES Crime Thriller Rs.100 (Amazon.in) Surender Mohan Pathak [4.28/47 ratings Goodreads] Language: Hindi

Review #427 (Book Review #127) :

So I have read and reviewed Hindi novels before also, but this is my 1st Hindi novel review on this platform i.e. on WordPress. So here’s it:

Completed one more Hindi novel, which I started reading in may, yes it took time (due to my needs of reading varying things at a time) but it is one of the best Hindi novel I’ve read from SMP – BAHURUPIYA aka IMPERSONATOR.

BAHURUPIYA is a crime mystery belonging to Sudhir Kohli series and it is #21 of the series (out of total 22) in the chronological order and was first published in sept 2013. Now something about the writer. Surender Mohan Pathak is a well known Indian writer who has written a lot of Hindi language novels esp crime thrillers, he has these character-series to his name: Sunil (121 novels), Vimal (42), Sudhir (22), Independent (44), Jeetsingh (10), Mukesh (4), Vivek (5), Vikash (3), Pramod (4) and many other books – short stories, children books, joke books etc. And he is my favourite Hindi writer after Devkinandan Khatri.

Something about story: Now as the name suggests, it deals with a mystery of an impersonator. A lady is found dead in a farm house at Chhatarpur and that lady’s mother has come to PD Sudhir Kohli to engage him for the case. It seems his long-dead ex-husband is back and he wants to kill everyone. And Police and PD is unable to find the truth, while murders happened across the town.

The mystery is good and you can think of various possible answers, however a good crime mystery reader can guess who is the killer but to me this book comes as a fresh surprise. I’ve read many books from SMP and some are good, but my last 2-3 reads of him I was not satisfied by the mystery hence I was somewhat reluctant before reading this one, and it comes out as a change for me. The writing style is same, as is of all his novels, sometimes it feels itritated since one liner dialogues comes in between between 2 characters and if you’re not reading it with your full attention you may get lost about who spoke which dialogue. Plus some hindi words he used is not commonly used, I would appreciate if he was able to use relatable words for all characters and not just the words he prefers.

But the style, the mystery was good because for a regular reader, he/she will not be able to guess who is going to be the killer and everytime someone new occurs. I Recommended this book with 6.5/8 rating.

GRuchirG.

Jai raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1.5, Way of writing 1, Length 1, Target readers 1, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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WAR.. to be continued!!

KAURAVA (2013) 6.5/8 YES Mythological Fiction / Adventure Rs.117 (Amazon.in) Krishna Udayasankar [3.95/573 ratings Goodreads]

Review #426 (Book Review #126) :

I Guess last year I read GOVINDA, my first try of a new author and a new trilogy which was based on a Hindu mythological epic MAHABHARATA, the fictionalized and stylized adventure version of the epic war and events leading to it. Finally I completed the 2nd book of ARYAVARTA CHRONICLES by Krishna Udayasankar named KAURAVA, which take the mahabharata story ahead where it left in 1st book GOVINDA.

This is a wonderful series based on 2 books I read, making it more exciting adding up the fictional expressions, thrill excitement and adventure. It takes the story ahead where Dharma Yudishthir (the eldest brother amongst Pandavas and elected king) loses all his realm to Syoddhan (a Kaurava one of 100 brothers, and half brother of Yudishthir) in the game of dice, and how it reaches to the end which will give rise to the famous war and will be covered in 3rd book KURUKSHETRA. Here it shows how pandav brothers survive the exile in hiding alongwith Panchali, wife of Dharma, and how in the end Govinda (i.e. Lord Krishna) came for their rescue and to lead them to war.

Krishna Udayasankar is a more vocab and text oriented author, her books are more richer in language if compared to other authors writing in the same genre like Amish, Amish’s language is easy, even Krishna’s language is easy too still more richer, also the print of her books is small, more letters per page and book is around 300+ pgs. Her woven storg skill is marvellous, wherein she is able to hold the suspense page by page word by word. She is a good storyteller, I am now eager to buy the 3rd book. Where almost most of the Indians are aware of happenings of Mahabharata, the author was able to put forward the same story with more delight and adventure making it feel like altogether a new story. The characters are well-defined, each of them having a full space for development. Best loving and the central character is obviously Lord Krishna aka Govinda.

I will recommend this novel to all of you out there who 1. have read Govinda (book1) 2. who want to enjoy adventure and lot of epicness 3. who want to know some mythological happenings of India 4. who love Lord Krishna 5. who love reading good books or 6. who like Amish’s work. I recommend this book with rating 6.5/8.

GRuchirG.

Jai raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1.5, Way of writing 1.5, Length 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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Kill Switch!!

HARD ROAD (2016) 5.5/8 YES Thriller Rs.9 (Amazon Kindle) JB Turner [4.13/4671 ratings Goodreads]

Review #425 (Book Review #125) :

Completed my 2nd ever kindle read HARD ROAD by JB Turner, never read him earlier. Only bought this book when I found out its price which is only Rs.9. So ordered and completed this book.

About Author: I haven’t heard his name before so he’s new to me. As per wikipedia, he is an english thriller writer born in 1964 Edinburgh Scotland. He has written 2 thriller series – Jon Reznick (6) & Deborah Jones (2)

About Book: This is a Jon Reznick thriller book 1. He is an ex American special forces man, who do political killings / killings which include US threats, and that is a super secret work, he get his instructions from someone high up in the system, and he got everything he want. But this time (apparantly its the 1st book :P) he got entangled on the wrong side of law, and his daughter has been kidnapped, can he help FBI in unfolding the terror threat or will he side with wrong party to save his daughter??

Why to read? Well, its a fast paced thriller, no doubt, though I can guess that me as well as you who are a big fan of Hollywood thriller movies / novels, can find this story again on the same old lines but still you enjoy reading this fast paces action thriller, and this book is fine for a kindle reader, why, because kindle version usually comes at cheaper rates, this one a lot cheaper and if you’re on Kindle Unlimited plan then its free (I’m not). So a good read with full time pass guarantee

Why to avoid? Again, of you’re not into thriller genre then don’t read, and if you are bores of the same old sh*t then avoid this one.

My take: Well I recommended it with a rating of 5.5/8 on my GR8 meter.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 0.5, Way of writing 1, Length 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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A messed up Conspiracy!!

THE TAJ CONSPIRACY (2012) 1.5/8 NO Thriller Rs.29 (Amazon Kindle) Manreet Sodhi Someshwar [3.49/533 ratings Goodreads]

Review #424 (Book Review #124) :

Just completed one more book, my 1st ever Amazon kindle read THE TAJ CONSPIRACY by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar. From quite some time this book was on my watch list, finally bought the kindle version for Rs.29.

Its a thriller fiction book with a conspiracy build around India’s entry to Seven Wonders monuments Taj Mahal. From quite some time we all are aware of some claims of it being a Hindu temple before it being a mausoleum. How much of it is true, nobody knows but claims are there. The writer took that idea and built this book wherein a scholar and a historical researcher of Indian-Iranian descent Mehrunisa Khosa found herself in a conspiracy amongst people who want to declare and prove Taj Mahal as a Hindu temple. She is no detective but alongwith an Inspector RP Singh, she solved the conspiracy.

Well, if you ask me, this book is totally avoidable, there are too many parallel tracks at a time flooded with too many characters. None of the character got a proper built, even some are just wasted. To build the story and to show it as a gripping thriller, the writer tried to add too much in the beginning itself, due to which I (could be you as well) lost my attention. Unconnected events, skipping some details (directly jumping from a point to other), loopholes in story, repetetive incidents are some more negative points in the book. The plot was good but story just ruined the effect, it could have been much much better structured.

Biggest let down is the lack-lusture climax and one secret which got revealed towards the end and our main characters when found the secret, it seems that they easily digested that as it was a daily affair to them to treat to such impossible secrets. As a reader I doubt that secret, it seems quite impossible to maintain. I did not recommend this book with rating 1.5/8.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 0.5, Way of writing 0.5, Length 0.5.

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the DREAM! do you have it in you??

GOAL! (2006) 4/8 Maybe Sports / Movie Novelization Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Robert Rigby [4.30/424 ratings Goodreads]

Review #423 (Book Review #123) :

8 days and completed one more book, this time its GOAL (1st one) and its a novelization of famous movie by the same name, written by Robert Rigby. Earlier as well I’ve read novelizations, this adds up to the list.

Its a story of a dreamer and illegal immigrant of US, a Mexican kid Santiago Munez and his journey from rags to riches, to become a professional footballer at Newcastle United. He very much liked playing football, but his father hates his dream and wanted him to work with him.

The language is as simple as it gets, hence anybody can read it. Story-wise, quite predictable and most of these story has a same feel and direction. Movie is a hit and book is true to the core of the movie, so nothing more to cheer for those who have seen the movie itself. I have read aomw other novelizations also but they’re still readable unlike this one. I rate 4/8. Can read if you want to read a sports story.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 0.5, Way of writing 1.5, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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SITA : the WARRIOR !!

SITA WARRIOR OF MITHILA (2017) 5.5/8 Yes Mythical Fiction Rs.175 (Amazon.in) Amish Tripathi [3.91/3530 ratings Goodreads]

Review #422 (Book Review #122) :

13 days 361 pgs, finally completed 2nd book of Amish’s 2nd series – Ramchandra series. The book is SITA: warrior of Mithila.

This time Amish has taken a different approach for his new series, unlike his last one – 1. this is not a series of just 3 books 2. this has 1st 3 books dedicated to 3 main characters of Hindu mythology – Ram, Sita & Raavan. This is the 2nd book which depicts Sita’s life from childhood to the point where all these 3 books will converge i.e. at her kidnapping by Raavan. 1st book shows Ram’s perspective. Once the next book Raavan will come, henceforth the books start from the same point from 4th one (explained in the book itself).

As written above, it is the story of Sita, wife of Hindu God Ram, and about her life from birth till the point of her kidnapping by Lanka’s demon king Raavan.

The language is as simple as it could be, fluid, you don’t need dictionary plus anybody can read it. Well constructed storyline, which we all have seen in his 1st series “Shiva trilogy” , and in prequel of this book as well. There are some new words are added for simplicity, along with pure hindi-sanskrit origins and the incidents are written in relevance to the current times. Many incidents and happenings looks inspired from current happenings of India, maybe the author has deliberately tried to put the matching references, and they are good.

Some negative point which I told in 1st book review as well are, the author is using the name INDIA, instead he could have used Bharat for the dialogues or references given in the book, some more words used like NEANDERTHAL , looks odd reading these name, better if he could come up with a better sanskrit / hindi names for these as well. One time read, I rate 3.5/5

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 1, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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