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Bird in a Banyan Tree | Bina Ramani | Book Review

January 31, 2014

bird in a banyan tree bina ramani book review

By  for Rupa

SUBJECT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CANDIDNESS: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Initially, I had reservations about this book, and most of them were about the author’s close connection in the Jessica Lal case. Based on all the media attention the book has so far generate…

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MUKESH MEHTA | Author Interview

January 30, 2014

Mukesh Mehta, the debut author of Reflections, is a management professional by day and a spiritual thinker by night. A person who believes in metaphysics and has a keen interest in personal intentions and interactions, he can make even a layman understand the deep and complex spiritual concepts with…

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The Eye of God | James Rollins | Book Review

January 30, 2014

the eye of god james rollins book review

By  for Hachette India

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Anyone who has read a good number of books would have their own favourite authors – authors whose books you would pick up without thinking twice because you are sure you will cert…

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Empress Dowager Cixi | Jung Chang | Book Review

January 30, 2014

empress dowager cixi jung chang book review

By  for Random House

SUBJECT: 4/5

RESEARCH: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Being a woman, I love reading about women in general and it is therefore, surely a treat when one gets to read about someone as powerful as the Empress of Chi…

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The Einstein Pursuit | Chris Kuzneski | Book Review

January 27, 2014

the einstein pursuit chris kuzneski book review

By  for Hachette

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

To say that Chris Kuzneski is one of the best action/thriller writers of modern day wouldn’t be an over-statement. Time and again he has proved that with his signature series – ‘…

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Through the Killing Glass (Alice #2) | Mainak Dhar | Book Review

January 27, 2014

through the killing glass mainak dhar book review

By  for Westland

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Zombies are one of the favourite subjects of horror writers and film directors. A list of all the movies, TV series and books on zombies would fill up many pages. Amongst the best, …

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SUMUKH NAIK | Author Interview

January 24, 2014

Sumukh Naik is the debut author of 'The Age of Hiblisk', a fantasy novel. He juggles his time between managing his family business and writing books. Many authors find it difficult to reach their readers' imagination with vivid descriptions of fantasy lands, but Sumukh does it with ease and calls it…

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SOUVIK GUPTA | Author Interview

January 24, 2014

Souvik Gupta is the debut author 'An Unequal Harmony...', which in his own words 'is not a teenage love-story'. An IIFT graduate, Souvik has a passion for short film making, besides writing. Not one to bow down to the pressures of society, Souvik does not believe in following the well trodden paths …

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A Gift to Remember | Melissa Hill | Book Review

January 24, 2014

a gift to remember melissa hill book review

By  for Simon & Schuster

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

In mood for a good romance fiction, I indulgently and expectantly sat down with Melissa Hill’s “A Gift to Remember”. Hailed as the queen of modern fairy-tale, …

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The Thorough Check: Travails of an Indian Muslim | VT Rakesh | Book Review

January 23, 2014

the thorough check vt rakesh book review

By  for Leadstart

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Going by the cover, the book will definitely seem hopeless to you, but what you wouldn’t realize at the time of eliminating this humble looking paperback for any of its flash…

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A School Counsellor's Diary | Loya Agarwala | Book Review

January 21, 2014

a school counsellor

By  for Westland

SUBJECT: 3/5

RESEARCH: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

RELEVANCE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

Sometime back, while scrolling through Westland’s reading list for a particular month, I found this book. The title was so catchy that not bothering to look on the interne…

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Untruly Yours 101 Lies | Subhadip Chakraborty | Book Review

January 21, 2014

untruly your 101 lies subhadip chakraborty book review

By  for Subhadip Chakraborty

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

When a person decides to write his or her first book, there are probably two schools of thought. One is where the person is really looking forward to making a career in writin…

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Ajaya (Book #1): Roll of the Dice | Anand Neelakantan | Book Review

January 17, 2014

ajaya roll of the dice anand neelakantan book review

By  for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Mahabharata is the largest epic ever written and so, it has always been the preferred choice of academicians, authors, poets, seers and sages. Countless books have been writ…

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The Madras Mangler | Usha Narayanan | Book Review

January 16, 2014

the madras mangler usha narayanan book review

By  for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Whodunits are one of the best genres to read. They drive the readers to think, compel them to envisage the twists in the plot, and then give out shockers which are totally u…

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The Prisoner | Omar Shahid Hamid | Book Review

January 15, 2014

the prisoner omar shahid hamid book review

By  for Pan Macmillan

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Of all the books that I have reviewed, two will always remain on my recommended reading list – Narcopolis, in which Jeet Thayil brings out the dark side of Bombay, and ‘The Bla…

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The Diary of a Reluctant Feminist | Bhavna Bhavna | Book Review

January 15, 2014

diary reluctant fundamentalist bhavna book review

By  for Hachette

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Before starting to read any book, it is always good to read the blurb at the back as it will give you a good idea as to what the story is about and whether you are going to enjoy it. More…

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Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen | Kavita Kane | Book Review

January 10, 2014

karnas wife kavita kane book review

By   for Rupa Publications

PLOT: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Women have, to a greater extent, been ignored in Indian mythologies. Barring a few exceptions, women find scant mentions in both Ramayana and Mahabharata. For instance – we ve…

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I am Life | Shraddha Soni | Book Review

January 10, 2014

i am life shraddha soni book review

By  for Random House

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 1/5

For some people it might have been the “it” book. But sadly, it was just not the case with me. The book, ‘I am life’ by Shraddha Soni, starts at an interesting note on a New…

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A Heart's Whisper | Chital Mehta | Book Review

January 7, 2014

a hearts whisper chital mehta book review

By  for Leadstart

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

“Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.”…

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Colours of Life | Ashwani Tyagi | Book Review

January 4, 2014

colours of life ashwani tyagi book review

By  for Leadstart Corp

PLOT: 1/5

CHARACTERS: 1/5

WRITING STYLE: 1/5

CLIMAX: 1/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 1/5

Among the surfeit of authors who have stumbled their way into the newly thriving Indian publishing industry, many make their mark and come to stay. But sadly, the same canno…

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