humour

The Unreal Elections By C.S.Krishna & Karthik Lakshman

2:30:00 PM


          
Title-The Unreal Elections
Publisher-Penguin India
Year-2014
Genre-Satire/Humour
Pages-298
Price-250 INR

            Most of you must be aware of the existence of a political satire website called 'the unreal times'.(If you aren't,please visit the website at the earliest-believe me,it's awesomely awesome!)This election season those (brutally wicked)brains behind it have come up with yet another really amusing idea (or a set of ideas) called as 'the unreal elections'.(Well,you can't really call it a 'proper' literary piece of work because what the writers have actually done is penning down satirical backstories for the many political incidents that made headlines in run up to the General Elections of 2014).

           The book has different sections punctuated by Ravishastri cricket quotes and has almost all the 'real'(life) characters from the Great Indian Political Circus making an appearance in the narrative.The book opens with the intro of nautanki Kejriwal through a scene which is a hilarious take on the opening scene of the iconic 'The Godfather'.Very soon,we are introduced to the principal characters one by one- RaGa:the rich spoilt prince who can't even write a half-decent line without the aid of his Dad's longtime associates,the Gujarati Lion and his Liuetenant,the Former diplomat (Tharoor) who uses extremely complicated sentences to prove his point and the Diggie Rajas and the Shindes who are eternally loyal to the 'first family'.The narrative is peppered with funny Facebook posts(imaginary ones) and one on one conversations which are amusing at times.

          On the downside,towards the end I felt that the writers lost focus to an extend with the narrative becoming hazy and the jokes falling flat one after the other.There are also a couple of below the belt jokes which could have been done away with.Another issue I have with this book is it's length.At 298 pages,'the unreal elections' is overtly overlong by atleast a fifty pages and better editing could have made it tighter and less monotonous. 

Verdict-On the whole,'The Unreal Elections' is an okay read.I'm giving it a three out of five.

-nikhimenon

Anirban Bose

Notes on Mice in Men by Anirban Bose

1:42:00 PM

           
                  A couple of years back,I got a chance to read Bose's debut novel,'Bombay Rains,Bombay Girls'- a coming of age story of a group of medical students.Frankly speaking,I didn't like that book very much as I had found it only mildly amusing.So when I chanced upon the author's second work('Mice in Men') in the local Landmark's Book store,I was a bit apprehensive initially but still decided to give it a try as I have a thing for well crafted works of short fiction.

                        ' Mice in Men' is an anthology of short stories set in contemporary India.Most of the tales have a medical background(which is understandable as the writer is a doctor by profession) and in one way or other portray the joys of being in the medical profession.The writer has made sure that all the medical terms used in the stories are explained in a very simple manner without resorting to extremely complicated medical jargons.I particularly liked the story of the young doctor('The Magic of Medicine') who is in a dilemma to treat the 'illegal immigrant' who is fighting for his life.As in the case of any other anthology,'Mice In Men' also packs in a couple of bland and even mundane short works('The temptation of fate') of fiction.The writer has a good attention to detail but the un-necessary detailing backfires atleast in a few occasions-('The faithfulness of traits').On the other hand,I also felt some stories to be a bit confusing and lacking clarity('Stockholm syndrome'-well, it is obviously a well written piece but the author seems to have overlooked a couple of loose ends in the narrative).

                'Mice in Men' is undoubtedly a better work when compared to the writer's debut 'Bombay Rains,Bombay Girls'.If you have a penchant for short tales of fiction,you can definitely give it a try.

Verdict-A good read.I'm giving it a three out of five.

-nikhimenon

General/Indian Fiction

The Great Indian Democracy by Manivannan K

4:24:00 PM

Twenty-something Vikram rebels against his father and the mediocre life his engineering background has ordained for him by travelling to Delhi to become a stand-up comedian. Only, he is forced to see the serious side of his jokes when circumstances compel him to accept the position of a journalist at The Great Indian Democracy, an upcoming political magazine. Life drifts along through plagiarized articles and pub-hopping until one day he finds out why he was hired in the first place. And meets Advaita, the annoyingly beautiful intern with whom he falls in love

Review : Most of us are painfully aware of the state of democracy in the country and of the jokes that pass around on anyone and everyone popular in the nation. Hence, my expectations from the book were a bit high. Not in the terms of plot but for the humor part.

The book has a predictable plot and a little to offer for the lead characters. Its other characters that i liked more. Ramesh Anna , Sus Cheta and lakshaman, though typical were still very crucial for the story. The conversations with Ramesh Anna and the boss were some of the best parts in the book. Specially Vikram's boss known in the book as Baldy. His story and his conviction to run the GID magazine is what made the book going for me. There is a little overdose of bong , mallu and dilli girl stereotyping which i felt is not even funny most times ( personally i do not like such jokes , so maybe others would like them more ).

The book talks of a lot of issues,which some of us identify with and have voiced our opinions against.And then once in a while it makes you really think and question your actions !  It builds a hope the perhaps more people talking and writing about change would help in starting the revolution we need. but it doesn't leave me with much confidence. I had mixed feelings reading this one. Too much to think , to much a void i feel right now personally. So thought provoking this one sure is , not as funny though.

Rating : 3/5 . A light read but if you are a responsible citizen, you will relate and feel about a lot of things in the book 

nandini bajpai

Starcursed by Nandini Bajpai

12:02:00 AM

In the ancient city of Ujjayani, the planets align to decide the fate of two starcursed lovers. Born under the curse of Mars, brilliant and beautiful Leelavati, daughter of the famed astronomer Bhaskarya Acharya of Ujjayani, knows she can never wed. But when her childhood playmate, the handsome and rich Rahul Nagarseth, returns from sea, their attraction is rekindled under stormy monsoon skies. As Leela, forced by fate to relinquish Rahul, tries to find solace in teaching at her fathers observatory, a fleeting alignment of the stars is discovered that can help overcome her curse. But Rahul is called away on a war to defend his kingdom. Can he return in time or will she lose him forever to the will of the planets?   Set in turbulent twelfth century India, against the backdrop of the savage wars waged by Muhammad of Ghor and his band of Turkis, Starcursed is a sweeping tale of science, romance and adventure that will transport its readers to another world.

My Review: How charming, how charming indeed ! when I first read about this book , i thought it would be another love story with lot of drama. And I was so wrong. Ok, not about the love part. but more than that , I liked the simplicity and the beauty Nandini added to the narration of the story . The characters , the setting of the story , the time line and description of life and society at that time was so good. 

The book keeps you hooked and engaged in not just the story but for younger audience , it will definitely be a chance to know how our ancestors learned , taught and worked hard to pass on the knowledge. I felt so attached to the story that I envied the people that kind of lifestyle.

I like historical fiction and this book made every reading minute a pleasure. A special mention to the inspiration for this book.The author has done all justice to that tale that inspired this book. 

Everyone who likes a "neat" and sweet love story about two very strong willed and amazing characters , please do read this. Also , pass it / gift to all teenagers you know. This book will not disappoint you I promise.

Rating : 4/5

facts

Scepticial Patriot by Sidin Vadukut

4:37:00 PM

India. A land where history, myth and email forwards have come together to create a sense of a glorious past that is awe-inspiring...and also kind of dubious. But that is what happens when your future is uncertain and your present is kind of shitty—it gets embellished until it becomes a totem of greatness and a portent of potential. Sidin Vadukut takes on a complete catalogue of ‘India's Greatest Hits’ and ventures to separate the wheat of fact from the chaff of legend. Did India really invent the zero? Has it truly never invaded a foreign country in over 1,000 years? Did Indians actually invent plastic surgery before those insufferable Europeans? The truth is more interesting—and complicated—than you think

Review : One should be always proud of the country's past and the achievements but one should never be blind or deaf to register the the limits and boundaries of the facts. This is the one message this book states and presents to the reader with every page. I am not sure if its only recently that authors started mentioning the source of inspiration for the book or I had been skipping that mostly , but the introduction chapter of this book made me sit up, nod at a few places and smile. I liked that finally some one took it upon himself to question the facts and to also try finding the answers too.

The author here explores 7 well known Indian facts that glorify Indians of the past and few of the Indian quotes in another chapter. One of the interesting part in each chapter is the score card at the end of the chapter which is not just the summary but gives you more lines of thoight to pursue if you like. The book states all the referenced material as and when mentioned and that helps in building credibility of what you are reading.

While reading , i could recall some of the history lessons from school and felt sad that no one teaches history of the country in a way that stays with you. Nor do we any more show interest in knowing the same. While more and more people are returning to mythology and are showing interest in that area , I hope this book will turn some of the readers to learn and spread about the nation's history - as true as one can find with the resources at hand. While reading the book, i so many times thought why no one has questioned like this ? Why was I not even aware of even one fourth of the story or base for any "India fact" ! Not just the history , we have forgotten to be curious or sceptical when it comes to any fact. And as the author himself says , history and scepticism alone  can not solve issues but it does help us in being aware in the present. To be well informed and to pass on correct ideas and history to the younger generation and not just our biases.

Rating : 5/5
This is a must read book for all Indians.

Fiction

Chokher Bali- Rabindranath Tagore

9:47:00 PM

                                             

Book- Choker Bali
Author- Rabindranath Tagore
Translated by- Sreejata Guha

Synopsis:
From the book cover

It is the story of the rich, flamboyant Mahendra and his simple, demure, beautiful wife Asha- a young couple who are befriended by the pragmatic Behari. Their cosy domestic scenario undergoes great upheaval with the introduction of the vivacious Binodini, a young, attractive widow who comes to live with them. Asha and Binodini become bosom pals. Binodini is initially drawn to Behari but then begins to respond to the advances of Mahendra, who has become obsessively attracted to her. After several twists and turns, Binodini elopes with Mahendra, leaving the entire family in turmoil.

On one hand, A Grain of Sand: Choker Bali is a sensational account of two illicit relationships: Mahendra's infatuation with Binodini which blinds him to everything else, and Binodini's secret passion for Behari of which she is never able to speak. On the other hand, it is a complex tapestry woven by the emotional interplay between five finely etched characters: the impulsive Mahendra, his adoring mother Rajlakshmi, the frail and sensitive Asha, the strong, silent Behari, and the self-willed and irresistibly attractive Binodini.

A compelling portrayal of the complexity of relationships and of human character, this landmark novel is just as powerful and thought provoking today as it was a hundred years ago, when it was written.

Excerpts:

Behari laughed. "Binod bouthan, with therapy like this the ailment is likely to intensify rather than subside."
Binodini said," How would I know that, we are only ignorant women. Is that what they say in your medical textbooks?"
Behari said, "Of course. This kind of treatment is making my own head throb. But my head had better get all right on its own. Mahin da's head carries a far greater weight."
Binodini dropped the wet cloth and said," Forget it then; let the friend treat his comrade."
Behari was growing quite impatient with what he saw. He had been busy with his books and wasn't aware of just how complicated a relationship this trio had cooked up in the meantime. Today he observed Binodini carefully and she too took measure of him.

Maithili Speaks:

This book has been on my wishlist ever since I saw the movie 'Chokher bali'. I started the book with a familiar note, but was in for a surprise as it kept moving. The movie and the book have nothing in common other than the same starting point. It was as good as reading a book that I had no idea of.

There is a kind of rhythm in stories that have been written years ago. Something about that era makes it so soothing and turbulent at the same time. Rabindranath Tagore is a master at emotions and when you experience such deep set feelings without there  being any physical intimacy between the characters, you know it is a genius. You can't just read and not feel the agony of young, widowed Binodini. You hate her for her audacity to play games with a married man but you cant help feeling sympathetic to her plight. Her devotion towards nursing everyone's health, her efficiency at managing the house makes you admire her and even though shes a temptress, she is also a woman left unsatisfied by life.
The situations and emotions are so complex and yet so raw and genuine that you feel for them.
Choker Bali paints the changes that every character goes through so beautifully that you can actually imagine them happening right before your eyes.
If there was anything that I did not like, it was the ending. Rabindranath Tagore had himself told that he was unhappy with the ending and it is not without reason.

It is a book to read on a rainy afternoon or at a relaxing pace. It is only at such times that you truly can enjoy the richness of the words and appreciate the flow.

Rating: 4/5

Price: 350 INR

David Levithan

Two boys Kissing by David Levithan

9:32:00 AM



New York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. 

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.





Review : Some times "Gods of reading"  bless you by making you curious enough to read them. I thank my book angel for bringing this book into my world. I expected the story about the two boys who set out to make a new record for the longest kiss. To be about their feelings and their story till that moment. But this book is about a lot of other gay people - a couple's first few dates and their journey of knowing each other , a boy's rage and pain as he deals with his own sexuality , the love and the process of growth of a stable couple and reactions from family or society to each of these people. 

What is most beautiful about is the voice of narration of the book. Its the voice of generations of gays who are gone from the world and yet linger on to look over the love , breakups , pain , anger and the baby steps the society takes in accepting these people. The voice is like an old man so full of stories , nostalgia , warmth , hope and mostly wisdom. And that wisdom reflects in every page of the book. 

When I was reading this book , I might have shared hell lot of quotes with friends and saved as many.  I would like to close this post with these quotes from the book - 

Some of us loved. Some of us couldn’t. Some of us were loved. Some of us weren’t. Some of us never understood what the fuss was about. Some of us wanted it so badly that we died trying. Some of us swear we died of heartbreak, not AIDS.
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Neil has assumed that love was like a liquid pouring into a vessel, and that the longer you loved, the more full the vessel became, until it was entirely full. The truth is that over time, the vessel expands as well. You grow. Your life widens. And you can’t expect your partner’s love alone to fill you. There will always be space for other things. And that space isn’t empty as much as it’s filled by another element. Even though the liquid is easier to see, you have to learn to appreciate the air.



book blast

Book Blast - Metamorphing by Kunal Pancholi

12:06:00 AM




About the Book

28THAPRIL, 2000: Flight No. 9x4876 bound to Srinagar has crash landed into the Everest Base camp. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flight mysteriously went off the radar for few minutes and missed its landing. All passengers are feared dead… except for three bodies that are yet to be recovered.
8THDECEMBER, 2050:This, without doubt is the most gruesome murder in recent times. Early this morning, an unidentified woman was found mutilated at the western gates of the abandoned Victoria Terminus Station in Mumbai. Authorities report her head was … well … semi-decapitated and she was drained of all her blood. The shocking part - the crime scene was devoid of any signs of blood spatter…
ROHAN: He was shorter than the shortest girl in school; he had to be ahead in the game!
RUDRA:A man without a past, coaxed into a murder investigation; will he ever grasp the true nature of the crime?
A thrilling tale about two men bound by an untraceable yet undeniable fate - One running away from his past, another unaware of his own.




The Book Trailer



Lesser Known Facts About the Book:
- There is a very strong / intense story of love that is present throughout the book.
- 'Metamorphing' as such is not a real word, rather not a word that is used in the sense that it is supposed to mean (Metamorphosing). I had to spell it out to all publishers while making my submission for the book that I am aware of this fact and I was only playing with words. Was worried that I could get rejected at the mention / sight of the name of the book itself!
- A sneak peek into the college life of a student of Criminology - Learning the ropes of detection, deduction and crime scene investigation.
- There is a Vampire in the book!
- As of now its a trilogy with two parts.
- At one point in time, one part of the book was supposed to be based in the 1900s.

 

Author’s Profile


Kunal Pancholi graduated from SRCC Delhi in 2001. He completed his MBA from NMIMS Mumbai in 2006. Previously, in his professional career he has worked with banks, co-founded READO - an audio book publishing company and done a marketing stint with a film production company in Mumbai. Currently he heads Sales & Marketing at a technology start-up. He lives in Chennai with his wife, parents, sister and grand-mom.




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erotic fiction

Sita's Curse : The Language of Desire by Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

9:45:00 AM


Somewhere, behind closed doors, in her solitary world; somewhere, under the sheets with an indifferent lover; Somewhere, is a woman who will not be denied. 

Trapped for fifteen years in the stranglehold of a dead marriage and soulless household domesticity, the beautiful, full-bodied and passionate Meera Patel depends on her memories and her flights of fancy to soothe the aches that wrack her body; to quieten an unquenchable need. Until one cataclysmic day in Mumbai, when she finally breaks free... Bold, brazen and defiant, Sitas Curse looks at the hypocrisy of Indian society and tells the compelling story of a middle-class Indian housewives urgent need for love, respect, acceptance and sexual fulfillment.




Some books you read with an expectation , some with doubts. I picked this book with both in equal measures.  I would like to call this book a mix of poetry and prose , the poetry erupting in flashes like Meera's strength to keep her marriage working. She wants to be loved and more than that perhaps she needs to be desired , its said. This made me wonder , is it not the feeling of being desired that binds one to his or her partner. Of course there is a lot of love but can it withstand the waves of unfulfilled desires ?

Some of the incidents in the book seem far fetched , but Sreemoyee keeps the flow of the events as reaction to Meera's life in her husband's home. Beautiful or not , every woman has wants , both physical and emotional. Every woman deserves respect and truth from her partner . Without all this , there are bound to be regrets and complaints. But inspite of all this , Meera doesn't loses herself , doesn't cries herself to misery but instead works to be independent and supports the house ably in best possible ways.

The first part of the book describes Meera's life in her father's home with her twin brother Kartik , and that bond somehow defines all her life. From surrendering to a life less wedding and then finally walking out of it , she never forgets her brother , her best friend and partner. 

This was a difficult book to read , specially the erotic parts of the book. They can be little uncomfortable at times but its liberating too. That is a feeling I can not express too well but I can still thank the author for this wonderful book.

Rating : 4/5

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autobiography

Rearview ~ my Roadies journey by Raghu

3:15:00 PM

What is going on in the contestants mind? Does he admire me, respect me and hate me? Fear me? May be all of the above. I don’t understand it.
I don’t understand the Roadies form that has F-k you Raghu, written all over it, I don’t understand the poster that was held up this year during the Chandigarh auditions that read, Baaptohbaaphotahai.

I see equal parts respect, equal parts loathing. Equal parts Raghu, equal parts the bully. There is a man tall, bald, muscular, intimidating who manages to induce terror and awe in all those who dare walk into his interrogation room.

There was once a boy scrawny, weak, easily intimidated, voice unbroken at fifteen, who was bullied consistently through his childhood. This is the story of how that boy became the man he is today: part-time singer, song-writer and jammer, full-time producer, camera man and editor. Sherlock Holmes and Batman worshipper, staunch atheist with an innate fear of water and heights. This is the autobiography of the rudest man on Indian television. Raghu Ram, the original roadie , split wide open.

This book has been on my list from the month ot was published, bit as they say there is a time for each book that comes to you. Last month on world book day , i purchased this book. It seemed a good choice to read about real people on the day devoted to books.

The book is neither too surprising nor disappointing. It is part amusing and part inspiring for me from the beginning to the end. From being the guy who was bullied much at school to being the biggest bully on TV; it never would have been easy and that journey is something you must read here. I am not a roadies fan , nor has it changed now but i always been a Raghu fan and this book has made that respect for him increase. No one is perfect and Raghu candidly admits his flaws and mistakes over the years. Success does change the way you see the world and more so , they way people treat you. It is up to you how you react and shape yourself. This is as honest ( some places arrogant) as anyone's autobiography could be. At the end , Raghu does inspire so many youth to dream , dare , be different and be known for it by being the best at what you do. And no one can manage or could have made Roadies better than this guy.


The book is not just for a roadie fan but more for the people who treat the show as crap. the hard work and the brain that goea in compiling
India's longest running reality show is beyond imagination. Hats off to the team for their work.

The writing of the book is mostly linear though it branches out some where but nothing too confusing. The language is casual and flows well. I actually imagine some of the dialogues of Raghu in the style he carries on TV and that made the reading experience a little more personal to me. The only thing i did not like about the writing was that end of most chapters , wherever there was some twist , Raghi would warn about it. It would not make sense always, this literary style he used.  All in all, an enjoyable book though it could be little boring in the middle.

Indian fiction

Impulse : Short stories by Reekrit Serai

10:08:00 AM

Love is the most common of human affections. Yet, when it comes to love, nothing is as it seems. In modern Delhi, a young man woos a girl from Chandigarh who is totally out of his league, and a college girls life changes dramatically after an encounter with a classmate. In love, people can become objects of infatuation, or means to happiness, such as a partner who's immortalised in her husbands photo album, and two entirely different people who are more than friends, but less than lovers.

In these short stories, Reekrit Serai touches upon subjects that shape our urban lives, such as an entrepreneurs ambition, an interns unconfessed affection for his boss, the realisation of the hardships of being a parent by an impatient son, and the suffering and death caused by communalism.

With humour and subtlety, Serai introduces us to a very new India, where love and happiness go hand-in-hand with hardship and chaos




I have always been a fan of short stories for the very reason that they inspire different emotions within the same number of pages like a usual novel. When I received this book , I was intrigued by the back cover description but , the book left me with mixed feelings and contradicting reactions. I will here tell you why. 

Most of the stories have a fresh plot , even if predictable ; they mostly had a charm that made me smile at times. 

Just friends , are we ? was as sweet as any story could be. The opening of my true love , sridevi made me miss that kind of young love , so nostalgic as I read it. 

Sumitra was equal parts jealousy and tragedy. Cry of success , though tragic  is one of the best written story of the book for me.

Page of life was kind of personal for the reason I love writing my emotions always. Though it could have been better , the message sure hit home.

anything but love , the last story in the book is sort of perfect closure to the book for me. It is a tale where many of us would think of special friends in our life , the nameless relations that we make and live.

There are few other stories worth mentioning but the trouble with this book is that these stories come after one third of the book is over. The opening story of the book is a copy of a famous story / email forward that I have read many times. More than that , the stories in the beginning lack any impactful ending or engaging narrative. Where a book has only first 20-30 pages to win or lose a reader , this book seemed losing to me. Some of the stories very plain. I was in half mind to stop reading the book , which thankfully I did not. 

In my opinion, the order of stories should be reshuffled a bit to let the reader chance upon the good ones early.

Overall Rating : 3/5


Jaico Books

The Twelfth Imam, by Joel Rosenberg

2:17:00 PM



I picked up Joel Rosenberg’s The Twelfth Imam expecting a war thriller. Turned out to be more of religious fiction, not exactly my favorite genre.

Don’t get me wrong, the book starts off well, has the crisp pace of a thriller and characters that suit the genre of thriller very well, but somewhere in the last parts of the book, the story gets lost and it just ends, abruptly.

I think what lets down a thriller is when the thrill is overwhelmed by other factors that are better left subdued. Religion in a book is acceptable, but when it comes to an extent that almost feels like a sermon, then the book feels heavy and unreadable. It becomes almost comical given that the premise is a thriller.

Not sure if I would recommend it to anyone. But I guess it’ll be of interest to those who like religious fiction.



Why should you read it?
Crisp pace of thriller, characters that suit the genre as well.

What you may not like...
Becomes heavy and preachy, almost like hearing a sermon.



Book Details:
Title: The Twelfth Imam
Series: The Twelfth Imam #1
Author: Joel Rosenberg
Genre: Fiction/Religious Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9788184954470
Publisher: Jaico
Price: INR. 350





Reviewed by Leo, for Jaico Books.

Anurag Anand

Where the Rainbow Ends, by Anurag Anand

11:31:00 PM



Indian writing in English has a plethora of writers attempting the genre of romance or love stories. Such being the case, it takes something extra to stand out from the crowd. By adding a bit of family drama and mystery to the plot, Anurag Anand kind of accomplishes that.

Where the Rainbow Ends is the story of Rahul. He falls in love with Shalini and marries her, and lands himself a good job thanks to his rich father-in-law. The marriage doesn’t work out because of lapses on her part, and even the birth of their daughter Myra doesn’t help the cause. Rahul successfully gets custody of his daughter but that has its own consequences. Then Avantika lands into the father-daughter duo’s life, like a rainbow after the storm. When things seem to be looking up, Avantika vanishes, and another tough phase begins for the duo.

In its bare structure, the novel is a love story, be it Rahul and Shalini, or Rahul and Avantika. But the twists thrown in to both these sub-stories hit quite hard and leave the reader thinking. Rahul is the centre of the story, but it is Avantika’s character that the reader falls in love with, and Myra’s character that the heart often goes out to. The novel essentially exudes hope, even when the character has his back against the wall. A story written in a simple yet touching fashion.

Though the author’s language is mostly lucid, the starting part actually feels confusing. It brings a smile, yes, but it is confusing. The story for the most part was predictable. And I am not a big fan of the way it ended either. All wrapped up neatly in a bow with the epilogue. The story as a whole lacked something, though I cannot quite put my finger on one particular thing and say that that was it.

I wouldn’t say it is the best book that is there, but it has enough in it to stand out of the romance crowd. A breezy read, I think it is best for a journey.



Why should you read it?
It is love story with elements of a mystery thriller that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Realistic characters brought to life in a simple style.

What you may not like…
The story overall lacks something. The plotline is predictable, and I’m not a big fan of the ending.



Rating: 3.5 on 5

Book Details:
Title: Where the Rainbow Ends
Series: N/a
Author: Anurag Anand
Genre: Romance
ISBN/ASIN: 9789382665014
Publisher: Srishti
Price: INR. 150





Reviewed by Leo, for Srishti.