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Ghost Stories from the Raj | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

February 22, 2017

Ghost Stories from the Raj | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Ghost Stories from the Raj makes for an exceptional read. It is one of those reads which is sometimes perilously funny and yet other times quite creepy but at the end of the day it sure is an entertaining read. I pi…

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Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

February 22, 2017

Tales and Legends from India | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

“India is more than a land, it is an atmosphere” says the famous author Ruskin Bond who, incidentally is also the author of this book. In his introduction of this book, he mentions that this …

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The Laughing Skull | Ruskin Bond | Book Review

December 7, 2016

The Laughing Skull | Ruskin Bond | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

STORIES: 4/5

THEME: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Ruskin Bond is a household name in India. He is a living legend and he continues to inspire millions of Indians with his stories. The Laughing Skull by him is a book which I recently got a chance …

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I'd Rather Read | Various Authors | Book Review

December 7, 2016

By Sankalpita

CONCEPT: 4/5

EXECUTION: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Childhood is the time when we are free to pursue our interests without any hindrances and stress. There is no burden and there is no pressure. It is this time when we form our own delica…

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One Indian Girl | Chetan Bhagat | Book Review

October 10, 2016

One Indian Girl | Chetan Bhagat | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

Why it is that Indians enjoy a love-hate relationship with Chetan Bhagat? And very frankly I don’t see the point why Chetan Bhagat is always trolled. He writes well and there …

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Forbidden Desires | Madhuri Banerjee | Book Review

August 23, 2016

Forbidden Desires | Madhuri Banerjee | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

In the recent times, marriages have become a tricky affair in India. There is no more a sense of security in one’s marriage as it used to be in our parent’s generation. To…

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My Life : An Illustrated Autobiography | A.P.J. Abdul Kalam | Book Review

August 23, 2016

My Life: An Illustrated Autobiography | A.P.J. Abdul Kalam | Book Review

By Sankalpita

WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

INSPIRATION QUOTIENT: 5/5

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - the man needs no introduction; he is known by one and all and yet he opens this biography with such a humble introduction and such humble beginnings…

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Guns and Thighs | Ramgopal Varma | Book Review

August 11, 2016

Guns and Thighs | Ramgopal Varma | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Film industry is full of all sorts of characters – some are revered and some are frowned upon. While we know why some characters ( the likes of Big B, Om Puri etc) are revered, often we do …

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Cracking the Code | Ayushann Khurana & Tahira Kashyap | Book Review

November 26, 2015

Cracking the Code | Ayushmann Khurrana & Tahira Kashyap | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Most of us have, in our younger and juvenile years, dreamed of making it big in the tinsel town and maybe some of us still harbour that dream. But honestly what are the odds? What are the…

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The Chaos Within | Ashima Chalia | Book Review

May 9, 2015

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

It is reunion time for the “Fiasco Five”. Once the most happening, cool and notorious bunch in their batch the “Fiasco Five” have moved on with their lives and have got everything…

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Why the Vada Seller Refused a Sale | Satish Mandora | Book Review

April 19, 2015

Why the Vada Seller Refused a Sale |  Satish Mandora | Book ReviewBy Sarthak

PLOT - 3/5

WRITING STYLE - 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT - 3.5/5

“Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things - of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires”. - Sheri L.…

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Indians At Herod's Gate: A Jerusalem Tale | Navtej Sarna | Book Review

January 18, 2015

Indians At Herod

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Indians at Herod’s Gate: A Jerusalem Tale is the chef-d’oeuvre work from the Indian author-columnist Navtej Sarna who currently also holds the esteemed office of the Indian …

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Khushwant Singh On Love And Sex | Khushwant Singh | Book Review

January 12, 2015

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

When you think about Khushwant Singh and about his writings, what is the first word which comes to your mind? Sex, for he is a writer who is famously known for his frequent and candid commentaries on…

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Half Girlfriend | Chetan Bhagat | Book Review

December 24, 2014

Half Girlfriend | Chetan Bhagat | Book Review

By Sarthak

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Before we dwell and try to analyze what actually happened to the Chetan Bhagat we all admired for his simplified writing style and easy to connect stories. 

I must say I have never been …

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Afterlife: Ghost Stories from Goa | Jessica Faleiro | Book Review

December 2, 2014

Afterlife Ghost Stories from Goa | Jessica Faleiro | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Horror is always an interesting genre and this usually holds true for readers of all caste and creed. Though in Indian literature not many authors prefer this genre but this is just not the c…

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Confessions of a Private Tutor | Vikram Mathur | Book Review

December 2, 2014

Confessions of a Private Tutor | Vikram Mathur | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 1.5/5

CHARACTERS: 2/5

WRITING STYLE: 1.5/5

CLIMAX: 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

It is natural that your interest surges when you come across such a scandalous title and thus it was going purely by the title when I decided to purchase this book. Now, I am not a keen b…

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Leadership The Gandhi Way | Virender Kapoor | Book Review

December 2, 2014

Leadership The Gandhi Way | Virender Kapoor | Book Review

By Sankalpita for Rupa Publications

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3/5

RESEARCH: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a man of extraordinary skills. The story of his fight for Indian Independence by adopting various weapons of non-violence is well kn…

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On Women | Khushwant Singh | Book Review

September 16, 2014

On Women | Khushwant Singh | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita 

SUBJECT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Khushwant Singh, who breathed his last on 20th March of 2014, was a man with many faces. A novelist, politician, journalist and a lawyer too, he is largely known today for his famous works like a Tra…

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Korma, Kheer & Kismet | Pamela Timms | Book Review

September 16, 2014

Korma Kheer & Kismet Pamela Timms Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

RESEARCH: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Old Delhi or Purani Dilli, as it is usually called by the residents of India’s capital city, is the walled city within the current Delhi, which was founded by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan i…

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Anti-Social Network | Piyush Jha | Book Review

September 4, 2014

anti-social network piyush jhaBy

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

April 29, 2014 – Man posts woman’s obscene photo on facebook, jailed for 3 years. June 6, 2014 – Husband held for posting his wife’s video on a porn site. June 23, 2014 – Man arrested for posting offen…

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