Friday, September 26, 2014

The Girl he left behind by Shilpa Suraj

                        Originally reviewed by Roshni.K.J.

Title:The Girl He Left Behind
Genre:Romance(Mills & Boons series)
Author:Shilpa Suraj
Publisher:Harlequin India
Price:150 INR
Year of Publication:2014
Source: Review copy from author via alop

               First things first.'The Girl he left behind' by Shilpa Suraj is a desi Mills & Boons story.So,if you picked up this book thinking it to be a literary gem(which I don't think anyone would mistake it to be,thanks to the cheesy cover page),I suggest you return it to the book-seller as early as possible and sue him for trying to rob you off your hard-earned money! On the other hand,if you had laid your hands on this cute little book expecting to spend your Sunday afternoon with a light,breezy,romantic read,I must say that your money was well spent.
             The moment I saw the book, what impressed me the most was it's cover page, it was not only cute, but also gave me some sort of an idea that it would be just another 'teenage- girl reader' oriented love story. But let me confess that all my pre-conceived notions vanished to thin air once I started reading the book. The author through her debut work is trying to tell the story of a successful career woman(Sia) who, in spite of her failed personal life manages a bright career without any hiccups.
            The story begins with the return of her ex(Ryan), which temporarily proves to be a setback for her, bringing up all the ghosts of her past. But Shilpa has tried to show Ryan in a good light by bringing out his various attempts at trying to win her back.
            The book is a good read for all those who enjoy cute successful love stories. The author has really done a good job in bringing out the feelings of a woman who has been dumped by her boyfriend and happens to marry another guy later which ends in a divorce. The mentality of a woman who sees her first love coming back to her after a long gap of 6 years has been well written.
Initially though the reader may hate the hero for having dumped the heroine, as the book progresses his past story is brought out which makes your heart go out to him. The portrayal of the hero as an illegitimate child and that being the reason why he leaves her catches the mind of every reader. He comes back to her after a period of 6yrs as a successful entrepreneur.
            What I liked about the book is the way Ryan tries to win Sia over, initially by acting as though he doesn’t care and later by caring too much about her.What I didnt like though was the portrayal of Ryan’s parents as money minded individuals. The climax of the story is lame and too Bollywoodish,to say the least.
         All in all the book 'The Girl he left behind' is a good read and undoubtedly a decent attempt by the first time author. I appreciate her writing skill and her realistic and honest portrayal of all the characters without any confusion.

Bottomline- Decent debut.I'm giving it a three out of five.

Ps:This book has nothing to do with the 1956 Hollywood Romantic Comedy with the same name

-reviewed by Roshni.K.J

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Silent Reading Meet in Delhi !

We hope you are joining me for #3 Silent Reading Meet @ Rose Garden, Hauz Khas on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

10 days by Leena Nandan

Being a crime and mystery novel, the story revolves around Tina, a bright executive who works at a call center. The story proceeds with her love affair when, all of a sudden, a stalker creates havoc in her life.
Tina's life at the call center is quite hectic and her office romance brings some spice into her life. But she cannot live peacefully as a stalker starts threatening her. The cyber-crime investigating police officer, Vikram, is deputed to deal with this case and he arrives at the call center. Unfortunately he meets his ex-girl friend, Leila, here, who is now married to someone else. But the real mystery begins soon after this event. One evening, Tina stumbles upon a plot which turns her life upside down.

My Review : 10 days offers you something different and definitely more than you expect when you begin. There is a lot happening in the book, mostly with and around Tina but that doesn't let you lose track of any of the cast introduced in the flow. There are sunshine moments when Tina thinks of her childhood and her old friends and then there are creepy moments when as a woman I could feel and relate the pains of being stalked , being terrified even of walking down the street after dark.

What put me off a bit was not too much happening , but too many unnecessary scenes and casts. I did not like knowing of all and every person on Tina's team nor did some of the crimes seem important enough being written in the plot. The multiple rackets being run in the company were spread a little thin. Though some of the culprits were hinted at different stages, it was not too difficult to guess them except the stalker. that was quite an interesting twist.

Leena's writing is very much realistic and I like the way she has described the call center culture and in general the behavior of different people around us.

Rating : 3.5/5

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Private India By James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi

Title:Private India
Authors:Ashwin Sanghi,James Patterson
Publisher:Arrow Books
Source:Blogadda Book Review Program 
Price:299 INR/-
                         James Patterson is the 'Salman Khan' of Crime fiction.His books have sold millions of copies worldwide and he is undoubtedly one of the most successful authors of the present generation.So naturally,ever since the news about the collaboration between the world's best selling author and one of India's most read writer came out,millons of their fans(including me) have been waiting badly for the book to hit the market.'Private India' got released In India last month,generated mixed reviews among the critics but quite expectedly climbed the best-seller charts in no time.Though this is my first book in the 'Private' series(which is already 8 books old),I'm actually happy that I have got introduced to this internationally best selling series through it's eighth instalment which is set in my home country,i.e India. 
                           Coming to the plot (which is too generic,btw),a series of bizarre murders(with victims ranging from the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court to a page 3 Journo) is rocking the Mumbai City.As the local Police is too 'lazy' to investigate the murders(!),the job is entrusted to the Indian wing of the World's largest Private detective agency of which the ex-Policeman,Santhosh Wagh is the head.What follows is a rollercoaster ride(supposedly) through the length and breadth of Mumbai,culminating in a mediocre climax.During this journey,we are also introduced to atleast a dozen characters some of which are a local Don,a Godman,and a shrewd Politician(it's a different story that some of these characters serve no real purpose in the narrative and merely act as 'distractions'!).  
                           Those of you who have read Sanghi's and Patterson's works earlier, will know that neither Ashwin nor JP believes in wasting time/pages trying to establish the principal characters before entering into the central plot.'Private India' is no different.By the time the book reaches it's 45 th page,the reader has not only got acquainted with the protagonist,his aides(Nisha,Hari et al) and the detective agency which they run, but also knows that two high profile murders have taken place in the heart of Mumbai with both the victims being beautiful,highly successful females.
                           The book is definitely a fast read.The writing is decent with enough detailing (sometimes even excessive) and frequent plot twists.The book design and the font size is also done in such a way that it will appeal to the masses.Sanghi has made sure that the book has a 'heavy desi flavour' to it by incorporating the essence of India in every way possible. 
                                       On the downside,the book is a celebration of cliches.From the alcoholic protagonist with a troubled past to the stereotyping of Indian culture,almost all the cliches' are in place.The innumerable sub-plots(the 'Santhosh Wagh-Police Chief Roopesh' track ,the ISI-Indian Mujahideen angle,to name a few) and the half-hearted attempt at historical fiction (the portion involving the ancient thuggie cult and so on)which falls flat also takes away some of the sheen of this work.At close to 480+ pages,Private India is definitely way too long and there are atleast half a dozen characters who have no relevance to the main plot.The authors seem to have included them just to create confusion among the readers about the identity of the killer.The writers have tried to mix a little bit of everything (Bollywood,Politics,Terrorism,Corruption,Religion,Mafia) into their 'Indian adventure' and ends up doing justice to none.The climax is also a big let down and one gets the feeling that JP and Sanghi wanted to wrap up things somehow.Inspite of all these short comings,'Private India' is an okay time pass read and if you keep your expectations really low,there are chances of you actually liking this book.

Verdict-On the whole,'Private India' by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is a strictly average work.I'm giving it a 2.6 out of 5.


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