Indian fiction

#Review: Twice Blessed by Rani Ramakrishnan

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Twice Blessed Twice Blessed by Rani Ramakrishnan
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Twice blessed is a story of a suicide and the events leading to It explored layer by layer later. Its not the reasons of the suicide that matter 8n the end but how to convict the people responsible. While it deals with a sensitive issue , the author has managed to highlight other issues like caste , prejudice , education etc in the story line. I loved the central characters and the way the author picked a urban cool Muslim family. That was fresh characterization. The book is neither slow or too fast. It allows time to read and reflect on lot of things. No event is dramatized or feels forced while the story progresses.

 It has all the markings of a good thriller but fell a little flat in the end and how some of the characters evolved in the story. I will definitely try another book by the author.

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crime fiction

Review: Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation by Amit Dubey

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Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation Return of the Trojan Horse Tales of Criminal Investigation by Amit Dubey
My rating:  3 of 5 stars

This is a semi-fictional version of some of the real cases handled by the author , helping the police in solving crime. And it show cases not just the intelligence but also the emotional involvement of the security forces in managing this huge tasks. The risks, the uncertainty and the patience it takes for solving any crime does not come without disappointments and frustration. In that sense, this is a good book to read and to reflect on the fact that there are some honest dedicated people in police and otherwise who care about others security and safety.

 The book falters in the storytelling aspect. As in you feel it is a little flat in places. The dialogues do not have a punch. Basically it lacks some editing. I would still want to read more from the author about his work. This book was enlightening.

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indian crime fiction

#Review: Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija

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Unlawful Justice Unlawful Justice by Vish Dhamija
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I discovered Vish Dhamija books on Kindle Unlimited and I was intrigued by the blurb. The writing and the thrill of the stories made me read three of his books in succession. So when this book came out , I had already decided to buy the paperback. Luckily, writermelon sent this to me for review.

A quick , super engaging book that highlights a lot that goes unpunished and unnoticed in the society till some one stands up and say , enough. This is a book that start predictable but by the middle it just takes a turn that makes you sit straight and pay more attention. I wish the court scenes were a little more and the lawyers matched in capabilities. The drama leading to the court was done well though.  Typical Vish Dhamija book ! Enjoyed this one a lot as I raced to reach the climax.

Having said that , do check his previous works as I find them a little better than this one.

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#Review: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Exit West Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exit West starts like any book about wars raging in the region. A guy meets a girl ,who are totally opposite to each other and that's how they get attracted and start being with each other. The love story you know might be doomed soon , but it survives as unexpected events brings the girl into the house where the guy stays with his parents. When they migrate using the doors that connect one country to another and appear randomly in the country. And then you realize that this is not just their story but of how the whole world is changing and getting used to the same. There are similar stories playing out all over the world and soon it becomes evident how it all is connected.

 There are worlds that are alike the present and yet so unlike ,but humans always stay same and yet changing. This is a story of changing worlds , changing human bonds and the similar search for love , home and rhythm of life. Its nit just a story but an observation of way of life - of love evolving into respect, comfort and finding home. This book is a beauty to treasure while it lasts.

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Indian fiction

#Review: The Tree with a Thousand Apples by Sanchit Gupta

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is my first book that is based on kashmir , the events surrounding the kashmiri pandits leaving the valley and what followed or follows that year till today. Deewan , Bilal and Safeena are best friends and neighbours as kids even though Dewana is an year older than the two. One night , Diwan bhat's family is forced to flee the city after attacks on the city by the people wanting azadi for Kashmir. The tragedy that marks a turn of events in all three families ties them till the end even when they stay out of touch for years. The other characters keep reappearing the timeline and that pushes the plot and the character development forward in the book.

This is a story of not just people who stayed , but also of those who fled and yet are still without roots and a home and doubts where they belong. The book is a little dreamy at places , the passages go on without a real need and the memories keep flashing here and there. Also the main characters are not consistent in their actions. I would have liked a little less side plots and more about them. The book has almost poetic feel but it is not easy to maintain the flow in reading. A good story that could be told a little better.

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