Review: Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

8:05:00 PM

Guardian Angel Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nikhil is a person captured wrongly and for no reason apparently. And that does not go well with Ayesha who is told to nurse his woulds so he can be tortured for information.

Ayesha is a girl who would be soon married to the guy who tries too hard to earn name and money from the so called holy war against the Indians.

These two are star crossed lovers from the moment they meet and it is their story that Ruchi has penned down so beautifully.

Guardian angel is a real good story with a plot that's sorted and feels complete. I enjoyed the clarity in the writing which reflects that the author has spent due time and diligence on the characters and overall feel of the story.

A short and yet engaging read.


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Medical Thriller

QBR: BOMBAY fever by Sidin vadukut

12:30:00 AM

                                             
                                              
                                                    Bombay Fever by Sidin Vadukut
                                                           RT Rating: 2.75/5
                                                           Medical Thriller
                                             370+ pages, Simon & Schuster India (2017)


The Verdict:'Bombay Fever' is a decent (desi) medical thriller. It describes how an outbreak occurs and how difficult it is to contain one. It has it's moments but the fans of Robin Cook might not find anything new in this work!
 
Synopsis: An Indian Journalist in Switzerland travels all the way back to India with a 'mystery' illness. But little did he know that it was the beginning of an outbreak!

The Good: starts with a bang, the outbreak is described in a dramatic yet 'interesting' manner as far as a lay reader is concerned, the pacing is good, climax is also pretty decent , the 'beta-protocol' and the 'multi-sampler' are innovative concepts.


The Bad: pretty much loses steam after the initial 50-60 pages or so and only picks up towards the climax portions, greater part of the book is basically the same stuff getting repeated again and again- descriptions of numerous people getting infected with the same mutant strain,the lies and speculations about the Indian Navy (the submarine sub-plot) could have been done away with! 

RecommendationsBorrow it!


-nikhimenon

crime

The Tandoor Murder by Maxwell Periera

8:47:00 AM





              The 'Tandoor Woman' or the 'Tandoor Murder' was undoubtedly one of the most sensational crimes that took the nation by storm in the mid-1990s. Those of you who were born in the late 80 s or the 90 s would definitely remember the news paper reports which gave the sorrid (and quite often pretty much exaggerated) account of the gruesome murder. As a late 80 s kid myself, one of my vivid memories of the nineties pertains to the infamous and much publicized Naina Sahni ('Tandoor') murder case (the other one being the ISRO- espionage/'spy case' including the Maldivian women and the eminent scientists)

            In Tandoor Murder, Maxwell Periera gives a detailed account of this 'crime of passion' and also reconstructs the entire chain of events of the same. An upcoming politician (Sushil Kumar) from the ruling party has a secret love-life (marital life) ,suspects his lover (wife) of infidelity, murders her in a fit of rage only to realize later that he has no means to dispose off the corpse.The cunning manipulator that he is, decides to burn it off in the Tandoor of the restaurant that he owns, with the help of his aid, Keshav. The plan goes awry due to the inadvertent interference by a smart, diligent police constable (Kunju) and from then starts Sushil Kumar's run for cover.How the investigation team nabs him and brings him to the books is what the book is all about.The investigation and the trial process over the years is painstackingly written with great deal of detail and the reader almost feels that he is in the middle of the investigation process.

          The language is pretty simple and Maxwell Periera hasn't gone overboard with his writing. Though he has touched upon a similar case (the infanous Priyadarshini Mattoo Murder Case) and the double standards of the media in one of the closing chapters, the book more or less focuses solely on the Tandoor Case. The book never becomes a boring read and this work of Non Fiction is undoubtedly one of the better books from India this year. 

Verdict: I'm giving the book a 3.5 out of 5.

-nikhimenon




4 stars

I yaam a Rajini fan by Devnath

1:30:00 AM


I have watched only one or two rajini movies but having stayed in South for sone years I have heard and seen the craze and love people have for him and his movies. Most of bollywood stars too have their share of fandom but the respect and loyalty Rajini fans shower on him is unparalleled.

So when a book is written on a fan , it is both a reflection on the star and also his influence on a life so far different and seat from his world. That's a story this book delivered with such a charm that it's so endearing through out. I did not feel outside my comfort at all even if the story was in a remote village or talked of movies I have no clue of. I felt the elation , love , disappointment and the way it felt like magic and cosmic connection with Rajini for the central character. It made me think of the movies I count as milestones in my life. No Indian is without his share of love for its movie stars. That is the reason most of the readers would be able to instantly like and relate to the book. In the mix of Rajini movies and life in Tamil Nadu generally , the book has covered the life of a regular boy growing through school , crushes, wins , losses and learning to survive in life. This is a everyday tale sung so beautifully.

Simple writing and good editing makes the story flow smoothly. I totally enjoyed this book.

4/5 stars. 

Judy Balan

QBR: Half Boyfriend by Judy Balan and Kishore Manohar

8:39:00 AM

                                          Half Boyfriend by Judy Balan and Kishore Manohar
                                                           RT Rating: 2.6/5
                                                 Parody/Humour-Romance
                                           200+ pages, Bloomsbury (2016)

The Verdict:'Half Boyfriend' is a passable parody.It has it's moments but is not as funny as Judy Balan's '2 Fates'.
 
Synopsis:Blogger -turned- author Judy Balan rose to fame with her debut work- 2 Fates: the story of my divorce, which was a parody of Chetan Bhagat's '2 States:the story of my marriage'. 2 Fates was pretty funny and since the source material (2 States) was spoof-worthy, it worked big time! Half Boyfriend is Balan's attempt at parodying another work of Chetan Bhagat (Half Girlfriend).So we have our non-english speaking prince (Manav Jha) stalking the cosmopolitan Rhea Somany in the posh Delhi College.The Book tries to parody almost all the significant scenes from the original source material and tries to weave a story on it's own (more or less the same one ) in the process.

The Good: it starts off promisingly, the first act is quite funny and interesting, liked the idea of putting 'short version' of each chapter at the beginning,the overall mood of the book.


The Bad: After a point, the book gets monotonous, the writing gets dull ,the whole 'obama/London episode' is hardly funny, the jokes fall flat and it seems that the authors were just trying to fill in pages with uninspiring and random stuff.

RecommendationsBorrow it!


-nikhimenon