Friday, August 29, 2014

Review of 'Confessions of an MBA and Other Stories'.

About Author:

Vinod Kaul , multi-dimensional personality has completed his education from St. Stephen’s College and IIM. Confessions of an MBA is his debut work.

Writing Style: 3/5

 ‘Confessions of an MBA and Other Stories’ is collection of 8 short stories. Writing style is a good one but stories gave kind of a negative approach towards life and society. It is true that these stories depicts the reality of society and human life and heart, still the reading of stories turned my gloomy mood on. Literature is all about inspiring human life and society. Life and Literature follow each other and humans take inspiration from both according to situations. These stories did not provide any kind of hope according to my perception. Two of them grabbed my attention. The Rotund Man and Running through Heaven and Hell. Some stories also present the feeling of Diaspora, and the roots are found in Vinod Kaul’s origin. His feeling of Diaspora is presented well. Here is the meticulous description of stories one by one.

  1. Confessions of an MBA-
In this story writer presents the myth of the limelight attached with degree of MBA and situation during recession period. I like one element of the story and it is India’s strength during recession period.

  1. City lights-
Two couples totally strangers and from different cities, stumble upon each other twice in their life and yet they are connected to each other. How?

  1. Freedom at Noon-
Story of a guy, who is not happy with his surroundings as well as cannot settle down his mind at one job.

  1. The Reconciliation-
Typical Indian mentality of Indian mothers is presented here through character of Mrs. Raina.

  1. The Final Goodbye-
A story, with theme of Diaspora, touched my heart.

  1. The Doorway-
Story narrating the craze of Indians to study or work in abroad, leaving loved ones behind and sacrificing their happiness.

  1. The Rotund Man-
Story of that one annoying neighbour, which we all have in our real life. The neighbour whom we have beaten and slapped many times in our mind, but never dared to so.

  1. Running Through Heaven and Hell-
A wonderful story. Don’t wish to write much details as it will ruin the very theme. Yet, it is a story of God, who goes on vacations and has an assistant who wears micro minis purchased from Hell.

My overall rating for this work is 3/5.

Genre: Reality Fiction
Paperback: 188 pages 
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Language: English


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review of Cafe Latte- Eighteen Unusual Stories

About Author:

Amit Shankar, author of three bestselling novels: Flight of the Hilsa, Chapter 11 & Love is Vodka- A Shot Ain’t Enough, has now presented wonderful collection of eighteen awesome stories in ‘Café Latte’.

Writing Style: 5/5

 ‘Café Latte’ is a collection of eighteen unusual stories woven around our daily life. Different from the stereotype stories describing teenage love or idiotic stuff, which seems difficult to digest. ‘Café Latte’ comes a s a gush of fresh wind for those who are fade up with fictional yet non fictional biographies of IITans or Management students. Life bearing characters of Café Latte’s stories belong to different status, occupation and different mentality. The themes of the stories to vary from story to story. No single genre is focused here and that’s the most wonderful fact about this collection. It seemed to me like a Gujarati Thali, which contains all the taste in one single platter. The feature which attracts me the most is vulgarity of language is nowhere to be seen. No unnecessary description of love making scenes, which makes it really a best work. Guys, if you start these stories reading once, you won’t be able to put down the book until you have finished it. The moment I started reading it, I was traveling to Chandigarh around 11:30. Once I started reading it, I could not distract myself to anything else. I could not sleep a blink as the stories and characters had totally engulfed me. I loved each and every story from deep of my heart. Each and every story has such an effective touch that will leave you affected for a long time. I read it first time on 15th August and till this date I read it again and again as I feel kind of connection with the stories. This collection is not a popular fiction but piece of literature.   
My overall rating for this work is 5/5.

Genre: Literature & Fiction
Paperback: 193 pages 
Publisher: Vitasta Publishing
Language: English


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review of The Agony of Love

About Author:

Neilay Khasnabish, in his early twenties, is a B Tech and works at a Government Research Lab. His Scientific and creative writings were published in several magazines. The Agony of Love is his debut novel. He is working on his second novel based on backdrop of Kaziranga.

Plot: 3/5 

The plot revolves around life of a Bengali boy, who falls in love with a Bengali girl. In India, Lovers can be successful if they have same religion and same caste, in most of the cases. Both the characters belong to same religion and caste. Come from same status and education, their families are not rivals in any way, yet they face problems in their love life. Wanna know why? Then I recommend you this wonderful novel.

Characters: 3/5

Srijan Ghose: Protagonist of the novel, who is well educated, who follows his heart and falls in love with very beautiful girl. For loving this girl, he is kidnapped by goons and tortured to death of self-esteem.

Priyam Majmudar: A beautiful girl with self-respect, who is clear in her thoughts about love and life. She is a girl, who inspires Srijan to fight all the hurdles in their path of love.

Mr. Chaterjee: He is author by profession who teaches some foolish lessons to Srijan about writing poetry.

There are also minor characters like other relatives of Rahul, Bijan, Rekha, who play minor but important roles in life of our protagonist.

Writing Style: 3/5
 ‘The Agony of Love’ is a good work. Somehow this work seems filled of unnecessary description of womanhood and its different stages. At those particular lines I felt like I was reading a biology book or psychological book, discussing woman’s condition at menopause. A boy’s knowledge on this issues is quite amazing but the intention behind discussing these all things is nothing but lust. Apart from it novel presents us the reality of life that sometimes overpowered elder sibling wishes to use their younger sibling for their benefits. Little bit different from the typical type of love stories. It ,too has a rona dhona  section yet it does not fill the reader with boredom. Villians are there but as the mysterious movies do, jo dikhta he wo hota nahi. Good work from a debut author. Wish to read more good works from the author.

My overall rating for this work is 3/5.

Genre: Fiction Romance
Paperback: 175 pages 
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Language: English