Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review of The Symbol by Varun Gautam

About Author:

Varun Gautam, engineer by profession and writer by passion. ‘The Symbol’ is his debut work. His aim is to bring change in the mind set of people through his works.

Writing Style: 3/5.

The trend was started by CB and continued with many engineers. Writing about their experiences in IITs and IIMs or else any common engineering college. Market is flooding with these kind of works and it’s rare to find something unusual to read. By God's grace there are some writers who are differentand this work and writer is one of them. Few days back, I got work ‘The Symbol’ by Varun Gautam for review. Cover page of the novel gave me ‘Dan Brown feeling’ with symbols, numeric dancing here and there, with hooded person and fire element. I must say cover page of the novel is quite attractive. However, Blurb of the novel says a story, totally different from cover page. It reads story of a boy whose passion of clearing exam for admission in IMS is scattered and locks himself in a room of despair. All of sudden he finds a Symbol, which is claimed to change people’s life. This Symbol is given to Arjun by his friend Mohan, who once was a total failure. He gets success overnight and reveals to Arjun that the Symbol was the secret behind his success. After possessing Symbol, Arjun too, like Mohan gets success. There is one more character in this story, Dhruv, who is narrator of the story. Character of Arjun’s father is the lighter part of novel. He represents real life parents, who would sing songs of praise of their children. For failure and success, they would have long descriptions and valid arguments. 

Storyline of novel is quite good one and inspirational one, however, writer has tried his best, and he fails at some points. The very first chapter seems so enthralling and promising that the novel would be the best one, touching every nerve. Somehow, few points remained unexplained and felt like the novel ended abruptly. The theme selected by writer is really a good one. The despair and agony of a student is presented very well and confusion for selecting right path is presented through Dhruv. His decision of following heart seems perfect at ending. Arjun’s response to the failure is quite natural and he gets success by overcoming his fear of failure. He gets the Symbol from Mohan, which changes his life. This thing called Symbol is quite confusing. This black object, which beeps and produces blue light, appears from nowhere and disappears all of sudden. The end left many questions, which are unanswered by novel. Really a good attempt, though author could make it more impressive and effective. The use of the object does not seem much appropriate, though only if it is symbolizing inner voice. Death of Mohan, raises many questions like, was his departure from the symbol responsible for his death? If yes then, was the same fate for Arjun? Narrative style of author is satisfying one. His concept of following heart is really good one. Some decisions must be taken from heart. As this is debut work of Varun, I wish him best future and waiting for more works from him. If one brushes aside these minor drawbacks than this novel is a good read. 
My overall rating for this work is 3/5.

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 229 pages
Publisher: Authorpress
Language: English

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of The Dark Romance by Ankit Gusain

About Author:

 Ankit Gusain, engineer by profession and writer by passion. The Dark Romance is debut novel of Ankit Gusain. 

Writing Style: 3.5/5.

As a reader and reviewer I never prefer to review romantic novels of contemporary era, which known as popular fiction. The pointless scenes of intimacy and numerous break ups, without any sign of true love. These novel never evoke any emotional attachment for any character.
Recently, I came across a novel named ‘The Dark Romance’ by Ankit Gusain. The title itself seemed quite catchy and cover page of the book is also quite attractive. The title indicated that it is a romantic novel, so I was bit confused about reviewing it. A last, I decided to review it and I must say that my decision was a good one. At the beginning I found it similar to other romantic works, but as the work progressed I was totally engrossed in the work. The concept presented through love story is quite awesome. The concept of fighting against superstitions and evil of society is well woven with love story. Ashu and Priyanka , true lovers are ready to fight back the society for their love, but what will they do, when confronted with evil spirit and superstitions of villagers? To read it, you guys need to read the book. I guarantee you, you won’t regret investing your (or your papa’s) hard earned money, in this novel. It gonna take you on a ride of roller coaster. At once it gives you feeling of romanticism and after few pages it will make your hands and feet cold with fear (As it did mine). I wish Ankit best future and waiting to read more works of him.  
My overall rating for this work is 3.5/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 237 pages
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing pvt ltd
Language: English

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review of Flight of the Hilsa by Amit Shankar

About Author:

 Amit Shankar, An avid music buff and a great exponent of guitar, a coffee lover, a great reader, great author and many more adjectives to join in. He has presented society with four gems Flight of the Hilsa, Chapter Eleven, Love is a Vodka-a shot ain’t Enough, and Café Latte.

Writing Style: 5/5.

It has happened first time that I am lacking vocabulary to describe any work. Each and every line I write seems so naïve to represent the essence of the novel, Flight of the Hilsa by Amit Shankar. I read Amit’s Café Latte first, I was so awestruck with his writing style that it tempted me to read other works by him. He gifted me another three titles of him for review. The cover page of the novel is so lively and captivating. Most amazing fact about this work is that Amit has presented a girl’s emotions so perfectly that I was having doubt at once that Amit may be a pen name, the writer must be woman. (As per tradition of Victorian Era) Avantika Sengupta, a girl with creative soul but unkind fate. The hardships of Avi’s life make reader question some theories representing God. I loved this work so much because like a true literary piece, it discusses many bitter realities of society. Marriage life of Major Sengupta left a question in my mind. What’s the need of living with a person, whom you don’t love at all? The bitterness this failed marriage chases Avi for whole her life. Her 8 year long relationship with Sunny, Her relationship with Captain, Pimps like Chawla, Shrewd businessman like Mr. Khurana, Shweta and Prashant’s marriage and issue of Pedophile. I must say as a person associated with literature that maybe in the future this book would be selected for college syllabus. I am not all exaggerating as I found all the qualities of literature in it. The basic foundation of Marriage is questioned in this work and I must say I totally agree with Amit. We can see many Shwetas, Mrs. Senguptas and Simis, around us wearing fake masks.  There are some works which leave us with tearful eyes at the end. This, too left me with tearful eyes. These tears represented  emotions which words couldn't justify.

There are many quotes by Captain but these lines are my favourite one.

“Some relations go beyond words; they cannot be confined to the realms of friendship and marriage. These relations just exist.”

Waiting eagerly for Amit’s next work which is under construction. ;)

My overall rating for this work is 5/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Vitasta Publishing pvt ltd
Language: English