Friday, June 26, 2015

Review of The Shivaputra Chronicles-Tripurantaka by Vikrant R Utekar

About Author:
Hailing from city of dreams Mumbai, Vikrant Utekar has done his MBA in financial Planning. To make his dream come alive he left his stable job and ‘The Shivaputra Chronicles’ came in existence.  

Storyline: 2/5.
‘The Shivaputra Chronicles’s first book Tripurantaka is a book based on mythology and it connects modern world with Gods and Goddesses. Chandrashekhar Kashyap believed to be Shiva’s son is on mission of saving world and with him are other friends of him who have same power. This book focuses on Chandrashekhar’s meeting with his love Shakti and destruction of Tripurantaka.

Writing Style: 1.5/5
Now a days mythology has become a hot cake topic for everyone. If not love then it will be mythology. Vikrant, too has chosen the same theme and has tried his best to give contemporary touch to mythology. Daksha, Vishnu, Shiva and their partners are brought to life and they are turned into handsome, well-built guys. But as the title suggests the story of novel mainly focuses on Shiva’s son and that is Chandrashekhar, the modern incarnation of Shiva. The first half of story goes in Shiva’s courtship with Shakti and later half goes in destruction of Tripurantaka. Novel is based on famous story of destruction of Tripura by Shiva.

The subject taken by writer is a good one. When the book came in my hands, I expected something really good from the book. Its cover page is also an attractive one but the work itself fails to satisfy reader’s expectations. Trust me, with many awesome works available in market for readers of mythology, Vikrant must enhance his writing style. He must keep his work interesting and a clutching one. Hope his future works carry that gripping power.
My overall rating for this work is 2/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 99 pages
Publisher: Quills Ink
Language: English


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review of 'Via Delhi- a Twisted Tale of Love’ by Sabi Shaikh

About Author:

Sabi Shaikh hails from Hyderabad who is MBA and left his well-paying job to pursue his dream of writing. His debut work ‘Via Delhi- a Twisted Tale of Love’ might soon be converted into a Bollywood movie.  

Storyline: 3.5/5.
‘Via Delhi- a Twisted Tale of Love’ is tale of two lovers who are from different religions. Saifuddin and Mridu hailing from different cities, states fall in love through social networking website. Read the novel to know more about their unique love story.

Writing Style: 4/5

Sabi Shaikh’s debut novel 'Via Delhi- a Twisted Tale of Love’ has created buzz amongst readers and literary world. With its unique storyline and amazing writing style, Sabi has become well-known face.

The moment I heard and read about the storyline of novel on facebook and websites, I thought it to be a normal love- story with touch of Bollywood styled ups and downs. But as soon as I started reading novel, I just fell in love with Sabi’s writing style as it was very good and the fact I liked about the writing style is that the writer has written it naturally. Means his style is very natural. He doesn’t seem in mood of pleasing readers. He has written the novel by heart and it is seen in the novel. 

‘Via Delhi- a Twisted Tale of Love’ is a story about the issue which India is facing at present. The bitter fact in India about the most precious emotion of this world is that you must look at person’s caste and religion before falling in love with someone. It is said that love never watches religion, age, face or body but from our childhood we are taught that we should not have these kind of feelings for opposite religion. The same issue is discussed in this novel. Saifuddin and Mridu meets on online chat and become good friends. Both of them are in friend zone at first with different persons in their life but as it is expected Cupid strikes them with arrows of love and from here the ride of roller-coaster starts. It will shower you with drizzle of friendship, rain of love and thunderstorms of society. 

Loved the character of Saifuddin’s father. Yup, everyone would love to have this kind of cool daddy.  
My overall rating for this work is 4/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Language: English


Review of Life & Promises by Pulkit Gupta and Ila Garg

About Authors:

Pulkit Gupta is CA, CS and Law student by profession and writer by passion. He is the owner of publishing house, Gargi Publishers. He is also compiler of ‘Moonlit Matinee’ and ‘Crumpled Voices’ and has also contributed in ‘Moonlit Matinee’ and ‘You, Me ‘N’ Zindagi’.

Ila Garg is an avid reader, writer, poetess, editor and blogger. She loves to draw sketch and has contributed in several short story anthologies. 

Storyline: 3/5.

‘Life & Promises’ is a story of a boy named Rachit who aspires to be an IITan but life and circumstances pushes him towards CA. There he meets his love Radhika, a beautiful and sweet Bengali girl. Like all love stories their love story has also ups and downs with its own uniqueness. There is also a character named Khushi, who has her own role to perform in Rachit’s life. 

Writing Style: 3.5/5

Being a blogger and book reviewer, I have read many love stories and contemporary literature (If we call it so…) is flooding with genre of love. But I have noticed a fact that each and every love story has its own unique touch and it makes the love story a special one for writer as well as reader.
‘Life & Promises’ by Pulkit Gupta and Ila Garg is also a love story but it is not flooded with any love scenes, emotional scenes or dramas but sketch of human reality. How a person ignores the one they love the most. It is said that love brings pain and In case of Rachit and Radhika the saying seems true. Both of them are deeply and truly in love but fate has got its own cards to play with. Rachit wished to be an IITan but health issues forced him to pursue CA and there he falls in love with Radhika, who wants him to be a good performer in CA. Rachit tries his best to keep balance between his love life and professional life. One needs to read story to know whether he fails or wins in keeping balance.
The issue I loved in this story was the struggle both the lovers faced. Long distance, professional lives and pressure to keep your loved one happy. It’s not an easy task to handle everything single handed and calmly. Both the lovers must have trust and capacity to face hardships they have in the relationship. Sometimes one ignores loved ones in order to get success but when they reach at the highest summit they realise that in order to gain something they have lost everything.
The storyline is really a good one but somewhat already written. Writing style is the soul of any novel and this novel has its soul and it makes the novel alive. The curiosity to know Rachit’s future will stop you from putting down the book before completing it. Khushi’s character will also raise many questions and hopes in your mind but her character is better if kept secret in this review. The poems and sketch in between the novel are quite amazing and it makes the story lively.   
My overall rating for this work is 3.5/5. 

Genre: Fiction
Paperback: 165 pages
Publisher: Gargi Publishers
Language: English