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Blog posts June 2013

Saleem on Earth and Other Stories | Book Review

June 29, 2013

saleem on earth and other stories book review

By for Scholastic

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Reading short stories is definitely not the same as reading a full-fledged novel. In a novel, the author has the time to build the characters and the plot while the reader gets to peel o…

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OSWALD PEREIRA | Author Interview

June 28, 2013

Imagine the experience one can gain by working in the media for more than three decades and imagine that experience is used in writing a novel. Great, isn't it? Oswald Pereira is one such man. With tons of experience in Indian media, Oswald has written two best-selling books - "The Newsroom Mafia" a…

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Road Humps and Sidewalks | Kalyan C. Kankanala | Book Review

June 28, 2013

road humps and sidewalks kalyan review

By for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I like to consider myself a no-nonsense person and always try to be brief and to the point in the things I do, even in the reviews I write. Accordingly, I prefer books which …

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Seriously, Sitara? | Nishat Fatima | Book Review

June 27, 2013

seriously sitara nishat fatima book review

By for Hachette

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Nishat Fatima, the highly renowned and celebrated editor of Harper’s Bazaar India has come out with her debut novel – “Seriously, Sitara?” The self confessed romance fan is now h…

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CHRIS KUZNESKI | Author Interview

June 26, 2013

He is one of my favourite authors. His "Payne & Jones" series is one of my favourite books. The author of "Sword of God", "The Prophecy" and "The Plantation" among many others, none other than Chris Kuzneski. His latest book "The Hunters" is on many best-selling lists. We got a chance to interview h…

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The Troubleshooter | Sanjay Shankar | Book Review

June 25, 2013

the trouble shooter sanjay shankar book review

By for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

After the success of the Banker series written by Ravi Subramanian, a number of books on similar subjects have been written. A few of them have been successful like '31: A Th…

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Ohh! Gods are Online | Rashma Kalsie & George Dixon | Book Review

June 24, 2013

ohh gods are online book review

By for Srishti Publishers

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 1.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

Srishti is one of the fastest growing publishing houses in India. The books published by Srishti have a decent story and also do well commercially. We have reviewed quite a f…

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ARKA CHAKRABARTI | Author Interview

June 22, 2013

Arka Chakrabarti is the new talk of the town. His action-fantasy book, The Secrets of the Dark: Part-1 of the Saga of Agni is just short of becoming a cult. So what does it take for a 25 year old to shun all the immaturities of his age and pen such a nerve gripping and intriguing novel. Read the int…

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The Virgins | Siddharth Tripathi | Book Review

June 22, 2013

the virgins siddharth tripathi book review

By for Fingerprint Publishing

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

In the first look, “The Virgins” did not appear to be of my preferred genre; so when I received the review copy, I was a little apprehensive about the book and …

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Jacob Hills | Ismita Tandon Dhankher | Book Review

June 20, 2013

jacob hills Ismita Tandon Dhankher book review

By for Ismita Tandon Dhankher

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I have always been fascinated by the Indian military system; be it the army, navy, air force or any other. I’ve read quite a few books on the subject but all of the…

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The Hope Factory | Lavanya Sankaran | Book Review

June 19, 2013

the hope factory lavanya sankaran review

By for Hachette

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Before I review the book, there is something that I need to admit. I am more inclined towards reading thrillers rather than drama. The reason is that the chances of a character g…

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ARUP BOSE | Publisher Interview

June 18, 2013

We all love reading books but do we know anything about the industry behind it - The Publishing Industry? Do we know the effort of the people involved in bringing out a successful book? What better way to know all these than from the man who heads the publishing at one of the fastest growing publish…

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A Game of Thrones | George R.R. Martin | Book Review

June 17, 2013

A Game of Thrones book review

By Guest (Sarthak Singh)

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

 “When you play a game of thrones you win or you die.”

– Cersie Lannister 

There are very few books which deserve to be acknowledged in the category of “Epics” and “Game o…

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Love is Vodka | Amit Shankar | Book Review

June 17, 2013

love is vodka review

By for The Readers Cosmos

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT STYLE: 3/5

“Love is Vodka” is a book written by Amit Shankar which talks about the journey of a teenage girl Moon. The book is written in a breezy style describing the life of the yo…

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Horseshoe Garage | Hitesha | Book Review

June 15, 2013

horseshoe garage review

By for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

I received this book review copy from Leadstart Corp. Jufic Books, a brand under Leadstart, has been doing a tremendous job in terms of script selection and quality printing. I h…

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The Zoya Factor | Anuja Chauhan | Book Review

June 14, 2013

the zoya factor review

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PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Statutory Warning: Don’t read this book in public. You will laugh so much, people will think you are mad.

Cricket is one of India’s biggest craze and is considered a second religion by many. Not m…

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India's Biggest Cover-up | Anuj Dhar | Book Review

June 13, 2013

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SUBJECT: 5/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

RELEVANCE: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5

The nation cried on August 21st1945, when the news of Netaji SC Bose’s death reached India. Many believed in the news but a few knew there was something amiss. They would never accept this incide…

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Scandal Point | Manju Jaidka | Book Review

June 12, 2013

Scandal Point Manju Jaidka review

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PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

“Scandal Point”, written by Manju Jaidka, is a historical fiction novel. The genre was the sole reason why I decided to read and review this book. I associate this genre with greats like Chris Ku…

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The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag | Jim Corbett | Book Review

June 12, 2013

man-eating leopard of rudraprayag review

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SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

HISTORICAL VALUE: 3.5/5

"The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag" is the true account of one of Jim Corbett’s many adventures with man-eating animals. This particular one is about a Leopard who lived in Rudraprayag, a s…

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Train to Pakistan | Khushwant Singh | Book Review

June 11, 2013

train to pakistan book review

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PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Train to Pakistan is the highly acclaimed novel written by Khushwant Singh. It is a novel set in AD 1947 when the partition of India was taking place and swarms of people – both Hindus and Musl…

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